How do I add oil to my car's AC compressor?

How can I add oil to my car’s AC compressor myself? I replaced some parts and I know it needs to be done. I’d like to avoid a trip to the mechanic if possible.

Answer
Adding oil to your vehicle’s AC compressor may seem like an easy task, but there are regulations against draining refrigerants without professional tools. So you will need to bring your car in to see a mechanic to have this done. Below are the steps that your mechanic will take to get the job done:
  1. Remove the AC compressor
  2. Drain the old oil
  3. Add the new oil
  4. Replace the compressor
To have oil added to your AC compressor and your system recharged, you can expect to spend $150 to $300.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Jan 13, 2022
Chloe has a BA in Communication and Media Arts from Montclair State University and more than four years of experience in content writing, editing, and research. Before getting behind the keyboard at Jerry, Chloe was an Assistant Coordinator at her university and a film enthusiast working for the Montclair Film Festival. When she's not writing about car insurance, she spends her time with her pets, playing video games, or enjoying long weekend hikes.
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