Here we go again.
The A/C Compressor took a **** last week.
I thought I had a noisy belt or something until I looked under the hood and saw the clutch pack/etc. walking around... We drove it slow and easy and left it for the weekend and two days.
The dealer'* A/C charging unit took a **** on THEM so I had to wait for the repair! They replaced the compressor but couldn't charge it. I'm going back on Monday to have the rest of the work done.
Luckily, I've got a warranty that covers everything but the labor and R12 ($60x3 units)
I'm told it'* the 'good stuff'.
The dealer also mentioned that the alternator that was replaced last year on warranty is making noise and will be replaced at the same time the A/C unit is recharged.
I stopped at ActionAuto to get the GoodYear Gatorback belt for the N/A 3800 in my '92. $30.00 Not bad.
It goes with the GoodYear 'theme' I've adopted for the car.
Part # checks out according to this page: 4061025
I did a Search on whether or not the motor mount would have to be dealt with re the installation of the belt. I'd asked back in August 2003.
answered that it does not need to be dealt with.
In other words, on the N/A '92 SSE, the belt can be installed rather simply.
I'll give the belt to the dealer to install while they're changing the alternator and recharging the A/C Compressor. Should be easy enough for them.
feel free to confirm this...
I asked about the alternator thing and the Counterman told me that the H-Bodies of this vintage and 3800 motors did indeed 'EAT' alternators.
Something about the high output in a small package and inadequate grounding burning up the rear bearing grease... Sound right?
Is there a FIX or alternate alterator I can have them install while they're at it?
I had the AT flushed lately while the car is still under 60.000 miles. Already did the extra cooler.
The windshield was just replaced.
Next item is the 180 T-Stat for Summer and a new set of plugs. Already did the K&N filter and Taylor wires.
Brakes will be coming up. I'll save for that.
One thing at a time.
Good thing we just bought a HOUSE...
THAT 'LL leave a lot of extra money laying around, right?