I have a 1994 Ford Taurus 3.8L V-6 GL Sedan. The bearing or clutch in the
a/c compressor pulley is going bad.
Since the car is old, I don't want to spend anymore fixing it than I have
too. I have been quoted $900 to replace the a/c compressor with another one.
I have priced an a/c bypass pulley for $35.00. How much should it cost
(labor) to have the a/c compressor pulled and the a/c bypass pulley
Why don't you just replace the a/c clutch assembly. Parts
cost should be under $100. It can be change by removing the
RF wheel and inner fender liner. Remove the belt and go to
it. You do not need to remove the compressor or discharge
the system to do this. Have you not inquired as to the cost
of simply replacing the clutch. This job can be done in
about an hour once the car is secured on solid supports to
remove the wheel. You will need intermediate mechanical
ability and a few tools. Most of the clutches are pulled
using a bolt of the correct thread in the center. Follow
the instructions in the new part package to replace and
BTW, this won't be any more trouble than installing an idler
pulley in the place of the compressor.
Nearly every time we have replaced an AC clutch, we have soon thereafter
replaced the compressor. If the clutch has enough slop to cause noise, then
the bearing is already shot and has either left debris in the compressor or
caused excessive wear on the compressor driveshaft.
If the owner waits too long and the bearing slips on the
nose of the compressor, that will happen. If the bearing
has not yet slipped, there is no reason the clutch cannot be
replaced with no further problem. In either case, it won't
be any more trouble that discharging and removing the
compressor to install an idler. If the compressor is shot,
he can still disconnect the wire harness and use the
compressor as an idler unless he has already waited too long
to do anything. In a few cases, I have found no damage
beyond a bad bearing and simply replaced the clutch bearing
with no further problem. It is a common bearing for under
But often the face of the pulley is thrashed where the clutch
friction plate hits - inspect it carefully, there are likely to be
cracks in the webs between the cooling slots. Mine had two out of
four broken IIRC.
If one or more of the webs is cracked, replacing the bearing alone
is futile - the belt surface half of the pulley is going to come apart
from the bearing half eventually and then it WILL take out the nose of
the compressor. It ran about $150 new for the complete pulley and a
fresh clutch plate.
--<< Bruce >>--
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