HOW DO I REMOVE THE AC COMPRESSOR BELT?

  • Tiny
  • WoodstockCT
  • 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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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 AT 4:21 PM

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  • Docfixit
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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

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 AT 8:22 PM
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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?

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 AT 9:01 PM
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Yes remove 6 bolts then front of pullt comes off and belt will need to remove PS belt to remove AC belt from engine

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 AT 9:07 PM
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Still will need to loosen the PS unit up above also, correct. That will take the tension off the PS pulley, right?

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 AT 10:04 PM
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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?

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Monday, September 5th, 2011 AT 9:22 PM
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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.

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 12:53 AM
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I did say crank pully

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 3:35 PM
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Yes, you did. Thanks again.

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 AT 3:41 PM
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  • rivermikerat
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Woodstock, did you get this taken care of?

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 2:34 AM
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Yes, I'm all set.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 6:31 AM

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