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Old 01-28-2013, 11:02 AM   #31 (permalink)
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To my knowledge, you are correct sir! Probably need new clutch/coil/pulley assy., new compressor or ac bypass pulley.
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Going to do this on my Son's '99 3.0 Vulcan tonight.
The Autozone 822k6 belt is superseded by the 820k6. 82.09"

I was originally going to buy the Dorman bypass pulley, but going this route will be a far easier job to do.
Shouldn't involve any cussing at least.
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Well, in the end it did involve cussing!
The belt fit fine, but in this car's case it did slightly rub on the compressor pulley.

I ended up removing 3 of the compressor bolts. The upper left, and the 2 lower ones. Loosened the upper right bolt so the compressor dropped at an angle which moved the pulley away from the belt. Cinched that remaining bolt back up so it won't rattle.
The cussing was directed at the near impossible to reach upper left bolt which could only be turned an 1/8" at a time.
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Thanks tators for the great info! The metal ribs on my A/C Compressor pulley are bent (they look oval or egg shaped), causing the belt to smoke. With your info and the diagram from mmahoney, I was able to bypass the pulley completely.

BTW, when I told the guys at my Autozone I was bypassing the A/C pulley, they tried to give my a 817K6 serpentine belt instead of the 822K6 like you suggested. It didn't work! It has to be a 822K6 belt! For those who do this in the future, be sure to specify you need that specific belt.
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I just did this to my 2002 wagon, 3.0 U motor. I used Advance Auto's 820K6 belt, $20.39 minus a coupon discount of 20% (retailmenot.com). Everything worked great and it clears the AC pulley. I'll drive it for a few weeks to rule out any other noises but at this point I am pretty sure I'll need to replace the AC compressor.
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Does anyone know the size belt needed to bypass the a/c on a 96 wagon? I would rather not have to try multiple times and was hoping someone had already used this technique on the same car.
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My notes show an 82.7" for a '97.

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My notes show an 82.7".
Is this with a 96? My sudden thought if the day: since I have an automatic tensioner, won't a belt in the general size work?
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Is this with a 96? My sudden thought if the day: since I have an automatic tensioner, won't a belt in the general size work?
There is only so much "adjustment" range in the tensioner. It can't absorb a whole A/C pulley worth of belt.
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There is only so much "adjustment" range in the tensioner. It can't absorb a whole A/C pulley worth of belt.
I understand that, but I have seen belt sizes from 81.5" to 82.7" Used for this application, so I was wondering if I got an 82.0" belt, would that be in the acceptable range.

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