1996 SE Air Conditioning Compressor replacement
OK, when the AC compressor is disengaged, i get a tinny sort of rattling noise coming from the clutch on the compressor. WHen i engage the AC, rattling stops and cool dry air comes from the vents. There are also very fine metal shavings under the compressor pully. All this leads me to believe that I have a bad cluth on my AC compressor.
The car has 170K+ and is starting to show its age. Tranny is starting to slip, developing a fairly significant oil leak from an as yet unidentified source, and little plastic bits and pieces all over the car are starting to break off (air vent pieces, clothing hooks, convenience light lenses, etc.). So, I'm going to keep the car, but would rather not stick $500+ into a new, professionally installed AC compressor. I've decided to install a $40 AC bypass pully and do the work (mostly) myself. After some exploratory wrenching and ALOT of google-ing, it looks like a relatively straightforward process. The plan is as follows:
1. Have the pros evacuate the system.
2. Jack up the car and remove the splash guard underneath, as well as the splash guard at the front of the passenger side wheel well. Also loosen serpentine belt (no need to completely remove). May also need to remove the front pass. side wheel.
3. Disconnect both refrigerant lines. These are held in place with one bracket and one bolt.
4. Disconnect electrical plug.
5. Remove 3 bolts on the pully end of the compressor and one underneath at the back end.
6. Extract compressor through the passenger side wheel well.
7. Tie up wiring and seal off refrigerant lines to prevent contamination in case I ever repair/replace compressor.
8. Mount by-pass pully and re-run serpentine belt.
9. Replace all splash guards.
10. Enjoy a tasty adult beverage and take pride in another DIY success story.
Has anyone done this on a similar model? I'd really appreciate some first-hand advice. If anything appears to be out of place or missing...try to let me know before I tear this thing apart and cant get it back together. Thanks.