Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Compressor and belt broke should I fix it?

asked by on

My compressor and belt broke, and I need to fix the back brakes. Do you think this car is worth fixing with 260k miles? Everything else is good. Thanks for your assistance.

My car has 260000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

That is a very good question to consider with a car that has this many miles. Mileage aside, the rest of the car needs to be taken into account. Are there other items that need to be repaired? Has the car been taken care of well? The cost of the air conditioning will be the largest bill. What the total bill will be I am not certain. This will depend on where you live and who fixes the car. We are cheaper than most everyone with high quality technicians, so I recommend getting a quote from us to help you make your decision.

In most cases though, these two repairs will cost as much as the value of the car. Some take only cost into consideration. I extend this evaluation to how many more miles you can get out of the car with these repairs. This greatly depends on the condition of course. Also, what is more affordable for you? The purchase of another car or the repair of this one.

The final decision should include details from all of these factors and likely more.

If you should need further help with this, I recommend creating an online quote for the following repairs. AC compressor replacement and Brake shoe replacement.

Good luck!

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My a/c isn't blowing cold air.

The belt has to be on the compressor for the system to work. If you haven't already done so, installing a new belt will be a good first step and it may solve all your trouble. But if the air...

Q: Car sounds like it's choking

A choking sound is a common indicator of a engine not receiving enough fuel. In 2006 Cadillac's the fuel pumps have been known to fail prematurely. I would suggest that a properly trained technician test the fuel system pressure and...

Q: Does a 2010 Toyota Camry need to have its fuel filter replaced?

Toyota does not publish a specified maintenance interval for your fuel filter. However, fuel filters do not last forever and thus should be changed at some reasonable interval. One hundred thousand miles is a reasonable point. YourMechanic does offer this...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...