Mechanics

HOW DO I REMOVE THE AC COMPRESSOR BELT?

1984 Volvo 242 • 108,000 miles

There are 2 Fan belts, 1 AC Compressor belt and 1 Power Steering belt. The Fan and PS both have 10mm bolts that can be loosened to remove the belts. However, the AC Compressor looks stationary and lives below the PS unit. I believe this is a newer compressor installed 3 years ago when the AC system was upgraded. I can't figure out how to loosen the tension on that belt.
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WoodstockCT
September 4, 2011.



Crank pully two piece ie. Split see the 6 or so bolts in center of pully. See diagram unbolt each little at a time front pully will come off and belt see shims that is how to adjust remove to tighten add to loosen


Docfixit
Sep 4, 2011.
That front crank pulley (bottom right) is for the PS belt. So, loosen those 6 bolts and remove and that will reveal the compressor pulley on the backside. Are the shims there?


Tiny
WoodstockCT
Sep 4, 2011.
Yes remove 6 bolts then front of pullt comes off and belt will need to remove PS belt to remove AC belt from engine


Docfixit
Sep 4, 2011.
Still will need to loosen the PS unit up above also, correct. That will take the tension off the PS pulley, right?


Tiny
WoodstockCT
Sep 4, 2011.
Doc - Seems to be a problem for me to remove these 6 bolts as there is no way to access the nuts? See snapshop of the front of the ac compressor. Any idea?


Tiny
WoodstockCT
Sep 5, 2011.
I'm figuring you really meant to say the crankcase pulley instead of the compressor pulley. I'll go that route. Here is the photo it's the one at the bottom LEFT (same in your diagram) not the bottom right.


Tiny
WoodstockCT
Sep 6, 2011.
I did say crank pully


Docfixit
Sep 6, 2011.
Yes, you did. Thanks again.


Tiny
WoodstockCT
Sep 6, 2011.
Woodstock, did you get this taken care of?


Rivermikerat
Nov 28, 2011.
Yes, I'm all set.


Tiny
WoodstockCT
Nov 28, 2011.
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