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Audi Q3 AC Compressor Replacement

An AC compressor is an important component in your car’s air conditioning system, and the cost of replacement will vary depending on the type of car.

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Audi Q3 AC Compressor Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Audi Q3 AC Compressor Replacement is $849. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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Location
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Price
2017 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Prestige • 65,000 miles
Sherman Oaks CA 91423
Mar 29, 2021
$714 - $872
2018 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo • 34,000 miles
Plano TX 75074
Mar 11, 2021
$695 - $849
2019 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Prestige • 16,000 miles
San Francisco CA 94128
Jan 29, 2021
$744 - $910
2017 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Premium • 44,000 miles
Encino CA 91426
Jan 26, 2021
$635 - $776
2017 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Prestige • 59,000 miles
Loma Mar CA 94021
Dec 3, 2020
$628 - $768
2016 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Prestige • 62,000 miles
Berkeley CA 94708
Nov 22, 2020
$846 - $1,034
2020 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Premium • 22,000 miles
Los Angeles CA 90042
Nov 22, 2020
$811 - $991
2020 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Premium Plus • 20,000 miles
Canoga Park CA 91305
Nov 19, 2020
$819 - $1,001
2016 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Premium Plus • 12,000 miles
Tehachapi CA 93561
Nov 19, 2020
$947 - $1,157
2017 Audi Q3
2.0L L4 Turbo Prestige • 68,000 miles
Huntington Beach CA 92648
Nov 17, 2020
$798 - $976
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Sep 7, 2021 4:14 PM
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What is an AC Compressor?

An AC compressor is a necessary component in your car’s air conditioning system. Air conditioning being the “AC” in “AC compressor", if you didn't already figure that out. The AC compressor serves two main purposes. First, it pumps the refrigerant through the air conditioning system. And second, it creates pressure for the refrigerant. Both of these things are crucial when it comes to creating cold air, which I’m guessing is something you would like your car’s air conditioning system to be able to do. The bulk of AC compressors get their power from the drive belt or belts. Depending on the type of car you have, the AC compressor may be controlled by an AC compressor clutch, which is engaged when you use the climate control buttons, or it may be of the variable displacement variety, which uses a control valve. Some cars even have their AC compressor running at all times, just at varying levels. It’s fairly common for elements in your car’s air conditioning system to die with wear and tear. The AC compressor is especially vulnerable, due to the fact that a leak in the refrigerant will result in low levels of lubricant for the AC compressor. This is the primary cause of failure.

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Symptoms of a failing AC Compressor

Warm air conditioning

In theory, climate controls are simple. You ask for cold air, you get cold air. You ask for hot air, you get hot air. Things get complicated when you ask for cold air and get hot air. But that’s exactly what might happen if your AC compressor is busted. No, you're not going crazy. When the AC compressor’s life is over, your air conditioning system won’t have a way of cooling down the air that it’s sending into your cabin. Then you’ll get warm air, which isn’t so great on a sunny summer day.

Rattling noise

Your car should generally make two noises: The sound of the engine, and whatever you're blasting through the stereo. That's about it. If it makes more noises, you might have some issues on your hands. If the AC compressor is broken, you may hear a rattling noise, due to the compressor being loose, and...well...rattling around. Makes sense yeah? So, when you hear a noise, get it looked at. And when that noise is rattling, it may be the compressor.

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How urgent is an AC Compressor replacement?

Air conditioning is a luxury. It’s far from an important safety feature on your car. So, you’re completely safe to drive around, even with a bum AC compressor.

You might be miserable. And you might do further damage to the air conditioning system, which will cost you extra money when you do get around to fixing the compressor. But at least you’ll be safe.

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