The A/C Compressor (with "Factory Air" and not "dealer air") died in my 93
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT about 18 months ago and the Compressor Clutch recently
failed catastrophically. Since I cannot afford to replace the Compressor
and it seems silly to replace the Compressor Clutch if I am not going to
have A/C anyway, I decided to buy a shorter Serpentine Belt and simply
bypass the A/C Compressor Clutch Pulley.
Makes sense, right?
Well, the specs for a 93 GT w/o A/C call for an 84.5" belt, which was too
small. An 85.5" belt was also too small and an 86.5" belt was too big.
With the Automatic Tensioner up, I was able to get an 86.0" belt on with the
help of a screwdriver and a fair amount of effort, but when I released the
Automatic Tensioner, the "bottom" of the belt at a location in between the
P/S Pulley and the Automatic Tensioner Pulley now comes with 1/16" of the
"top" of the belt as it travels around the Fan Pulley. (Once the belt
stretches just a little, the "bottom" of the belt and the "top" of the belt
will most definitely touch as it did with an 86.5" belt.)
Now what do I do?
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