I have not really worried about my 325is' AC not working because it wasn't hot enough. But ATL summer has arrived and believe me there is a reason my home city has the nickname "Hotlanta". I have never considered myself too savvy under the hood of a car. After spending countless hours reading the treads on here and getting the Bentley manual, my confidence is growing. I have replaced a few thing on my E36 92 325is (thermastat, engine cooling fan, ICV valve) and I am very pleased with the ease of repairing my first Bimmer.
So off I go, I am going to try to tackle my AC. I have found a great after-market parts store (Marietta Foreign Auto Parts) and I am feeling good about the project. The compressor is not hooked up at all, no belt. So I am going to start there, I think.
I guess I really do not need a bunch of guidence about installing the belt. It looks easy enough. My concern is more with refrigerant. The car is an 92 so I am sure it is going to have "Banned" freon. Can I replace the compressor with one for the "green" freon? If the compressor is not shot, can it be converted easily? Are there any risks with installing the belt if the compressor is shot? Is there any chance at all that my 1992 is made for R134 freon?
I am ready for what I expect to be an expensive and tedious job but to not have to sweat around town would be worth it. Any guidence helping this noob would be VERY helpful.