Can I remove the AC compressor permanently.

I have a 1994 Taurus LX V6 3.8 Liter Engine with a bad AC compressor. With the compressor unplugged it is smoking the serpentine belt. (compressor is freezing up). Is it possible to remove the AC compressor
permanently an buy and install a new(Shorter)belt. How dose the belt work on a car with no AC?
Thanks in advance Henry
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If the compressor is unplugged, there should be no drag on the belt. Sounds more likely that the clutch is hung up. SC Tom
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On Thu, 15 Jun 2006 01:52:55 GMT, Henry Criss

Sounds like a clutch bearing failure. If you are lucky, you may be able to replace the clutch assembly which can be done w/o removing the compressor. I do not recall whether there was a option for no air on that engine in that vintage but, if there was, you may be able to find an idler sheave in a salvage yard to replace your compressor. I suspect you will be much better off to open it up to see whether you can simply replace the clutch. You may also note that operation of the a/c system is also important during cool weather to defrost/demist the windows.
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lugnut wrote:

They do make an after market pulley that can be used.
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I agree - buy a clutch. spend the $80 or whatever... I had to do this on an old '78 LeBaron and it was worth it.
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Only worth it if the rest of the system is sound. If it needs a clutch, condenser, reciever, and a couple hoses, save your money. The 3.8 is likely ready to pop an intake gasket or timing cover gasket and wash out the bearings anyway. On a more valuable vehicle, sure, but nothing stopping you from taking the compressor off completely and putting on a shorter belt - and/or possibly an idler to take the compressor's place. Up here in the rust belt the average '94 Taurus 3.8 isn't worth much more than the compressor.

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clare wrote:

I think the idler pulley was about $50. I don't recall whether they got it at NAPA or the dealer. If the AC is not to be used, I like the idea of taking everything off.
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