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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
95,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced compressor (2 reports)
2002 Chevrolet Suburban AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 082012

Suburban 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


We first noticed that as long as the A/C was on and you accelerated, there would be a rattling under the hood on the passenger side. It kept getting worse and louder. Finally, one day, the wife complained that the A/C wasn't putting out cold air. First thing I did was get underneath and saw that the belt was completely gone. I replaced the belt and the tensioner in case that was what caused it to break. Meanwhile, the noise was getting worse. I finally took it to our mechanic. He said that he had received a bulletin from GM about it. For some reason, the A/C oil seems to "pool" in the compressor and really causes that belt to flop and eventually the compressor fails. He is now installing a new engineered compressor from GM with some kind of filter they recommend. This with a new dryer is costing us a little over $1,000. 136,000 miles is pretty low for an A/C compressor to go bad. My 68 Impala is still using the old style huge compressor and is still going strong. I feel like GM goofed and they are the ones who should pay this big repair bill.

- , Andover, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 172008

Suburban LT 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

A/C compressor cause the tensioner to shake and sounded like a machine gun. Originally thought it was the tensioner and/or the compressor belt. Read on a forum that this symptom is an early warning of the compressor failing. Yes, it was an early warning because the compressor did fail.

- , Blair, NE, USA

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