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A/C Clutch Replacement

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject:  A/C Clutch Replacement Reply with quote

I am looking to replace my A/C Clutch cause it is making noise and is always staying on. So I need to know if there is a guide online on how to do it. I looked at the hayes manual but it only shows how to remove the whole compressor. Thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You asked, I have done, so here is the shared knowledge.

AC clutch replacement is easier than it sounds if you have the right tools. A hammer is not one of those tools.
I got my Clutch last year from Autozone and checker had the same brand. it was roughly $60 give or take for the life time warranty part had to order it and took 1 day to get from the distribution center.) . Z-Spot may have a better deal?
Autozone only had the removal tool not the install tool. so I rented the AC clutch removal and installer tool Kit from Checker( now O'Rielly) it was a $110 buck deposit ( full returnable if you bring everything back and not broken.)

there are several videos that describe the process. most cars (new or old) the process is the same with slight variation.

Basic instructions.
Remove the belt from the pulleys. Plull the right front tire and take off the plastic splash guard inner fender pieces around the area to be worked on. ( use jack stands and good jack to support the car.

from the open wheel opening area. you are ready to take out the center nut on the clutch cover plate.
use the remover tool to pull off the outer plate. the tool threads on to the center shaft and then into the plate also. Then the tool can pull off the plate very easy. no hammering needed or wanted.
then with snap ring pliers pull the snap ring off the outside surface holding on the pulley assembly. ( this is the hardest part.) then clean off the surface with wd-40 or other lube / cleaner, and then work the pulley off by hand. if you have a small rubber mallet you can gently tap the out side of the pulley to get it moving. Do not push on the center shaft. or use a puller that would force the center shaft inward. Very inportant. The clutch kit came with a new electro-magnet ring. Mine was working fine so I did not change it. There is a Snap ring holding the electro-magnet ring on also.

to assemble: add the magnet ring if you took it off and snap ring.
Then slide the new pulley assembly back on. you can press it on by hand if you work around the edges tapping with your fist . replace the snap ring. make sure it seats up good and secure.
Then use the Installer tool ( it threads on the center shaft) to press the outer plate in place and replace the nut and washer.

Do not pound, tap on the center shaft. or other wise hit the outside plate. Doing so will cause damage internal to the Compressor and bearings.
Took total work time of less than 1 hour.. start to finish. Good luck .
it is a DIY if you are patient.

found a link to avideo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URqFd3KkSRY
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:00 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Cool, thanks for the write up. However I wish I had this Sunday when I did the AC Clutch removal and installation. I was able to get it done, but it took me more than an hour but that's because it was my first time doing it. Maybe you can post this in the knowledge section so others can read it. Thanks again.

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