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Originally posted by reever@May 7 2004, 07:23 PM
Ok folks, what is the correct procedure to get the pulley off of the compressor without removing said compresor, and dumping refrigerant?
Any and all comments are appreciated

-reever
I went through a similar situation on my moms' '95 Sable, and I still don't know much about a/c systems. I know they sell compressor pulley removal tools at most parts stores, so you may want to grab that. There is most likely a set of generic instructions that will come in the package, showing you how to use the tool. This is a good opportunity to ask some guys working the counter about how it works. I ended up changing the entire compressor, avoiding that step.

If you need to change the compressor pulley because it seized, or was grinding, be advised that metal shavings will end up inside your compressor and receiver dryer. Installing a new compressor pulley will still render your a/c system as basically unreliable. Or so I've heard. <_<
 

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For anyone else who might need to know this....
The Clutch Pulley on the a/c compressor in my '93 Vulcan was wobbling and making some really bad noise. Basically sounded as if the pistons were gonna come thru the side of the block.
After having the 134A removed at the local mechanic ($15.00, he can have it) I determined that there was no flipin way my big mitts were gonna fit into that small area
Removed the alternator, and the power steering pump without much troubles. Used my trusty 6 dollar a/c -fuel line fitting removal tool to separate the accumulator from the compressor. Pulled out the compressor.
The bearing in the clutch pulley was in pieces!! When I removed the clutch plate all sorts of parts fell out. Not a nice sight.
Long story short, $71.00 for clutch pulley w/ bearing installed, and $40.00 for new clutch plate. Both parts were bought from local Ford dealer. Put all back together this evening. Car runs great with no noise. Will pump down a/c system this weekend and refill with new 134A. :D I did cap off the accumulator and the other open side of the system from the compressor. Don't want the accumulator sucking up all this humid South Jersey air....
The dealer wanted $450.00 and the local a/c shop wanted $650.00! The job is not that complicated or difficult. Hopefully, wont need to do this again!

-reever
 

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Lakeshow, How are the metal shavings going to get into the compressor? Pulley and bearings are on O.D. of shaft. System is sealed. Not being a smartass, just trying to understand where you were coming from....

-reever
 
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