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You can exchange parts in advance with the exception of the drier. This is to be changed immediately before evacuation takes place.

The drier is a desiccant load (like those packets that are boxed with electrical equipment) and will begin drawing moisture from the air the moment it is removed from its packaging. Exposure exceeding about a hour for the most part, kills it.

I recommend you discuss your plans of action with the shop that will be performing the evacuation and recharge and let them tell you what condition of re-assembly they expect.
I suspect they will want to handle the PAG as well.

Rob


BTW.....you really are 'overcooking' this repair from a part replacement standpoint.
Your compressor clutch failed.....the system, from a function standpoint, is still fully sealed.
Agreed, that on earlier systems the clutch would have been serviceable and recharging would not have been required.
All it requires is a replacement compressor, a drier, and associated seals with PAG.
The PAG is easy since no internal failure occured.......you drain the removed compressor oil into a graduated cup and add the same amount of oil back into the system.
 

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The plates that failed are spring steel.....welding is not a option.

This may be too late to ask but are you certain GM does not market a stand alone clutch?
Consider a phone call with your VIN# at the ready just to verify.

Rob
 
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