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Old 02-22-2008, 05:15 PM   #1
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vx a/c belt cut?

My A/C stopped working last summer. I have been thinking recently of simply cutting the belt. does anyone know offhand whether this belt turns anything besides the compressor? It looks like the alt is on another belt.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:31 PM   #2
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It only drives the A/C. You could just loosen the tensioner pulley and take it off, real easy to get to.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:02 PM   #3
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I removed my a/c compresser as well, because non of it worked, partly because it never got turned on to move make sure the seals were lubed, a/c needs to be used or it leaks, I say remove the belt right now!
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Old 02-23-2008, 05:53 AM   #4
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Great, I will do that this weekend. As far as removing the compressor, I would love to but worry about all sorts of fluid/refrigerant leaking once the system is open. Is this a problem? I think my car has the new non ozone depleating refrigerant.
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It's a good idea to have your a/c flushed with nitrogen, when I pulled mine I stoped at a place that repairs A/C systems on cars, and they said that mine had enough leaks that there was nothing left in it.
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Old 02-23-2008, 08:18 AM   #6
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if your a/c stopped working, just take the whole system out. i was amazed the whole system weighted more than 40 pounds on my 94 civic when i took it off. its totally worth it, since its free.

I cut the belt at first, drove it for a few months, then took the whole system out.
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legally, you need to get the refrigerant vacuumed out by a certified tech and recycled whether you have R12 or R134 or anything else. but then I have no idea where you are or anything :-p

nitrogen purge is a waste since you're just emptying the system, the refrigerant will boil off on it's own at room temp/pressure.
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