A while ago, the airco stopped working, so I took the car to the dealer. For some reason, they called my mother, instead of me even when I gave them my number, and told her that it would cost ~1000€ to fix. As that was to expensive for her (she pays the bill) and she needed the car, she went to the dealer and picked it up again.
They told her they refilled the system (we have to pay for it of course) and then saw the compressor was broken. She doesn't know a single thing about cars, so that is what she told me as well.
If I go back to the dealer, they can't tell me what is wrong with it unless they check it again. So the only thing I know is that the compressor is broken...
Is it possible that the complete compressor is broken, or is it just 1 small thing that can be changed. At the dealer they just change the complete unit as it is less work, but a complete compressor is ~600€, so i'd rather do it myself if it is some little sealing ring.
If I do have to change the complete unit, I'd like to do it myself to save some money. I'd buy a second hand compressor and just swap it, afterwards take it to the dealer to let them fill the system. Is this do-able, or do you need realy special tools?
Are there any things I can check to identify what is broken?
Also, what is the part number of a compressor? We have a 2000 1.6i 16V 100hp Ecotec engine. Does it have to be a compressor from that engine, or do others fit as well? A 1.6 is quite rare over here, most take a 1.4 or 1.8.
Thanks in advance!