Hi. I do not know how old this thread is but I want to thank everyone here for the idea of putting on a shorter belt to bypass the AC compressor pulley. My AC compressor had been noisy since the day I got it in January, and it finally locked up on me in the middle of June. It snapped the practically new belt that was in the system and it was going to cost me $700.00 to get a new compressor put on at the mechanics shop I went to. I lost my job due to not being able to get to work so I could not afford to get it done there (did not even make $700.00 on my last check). I tried for three more weeks to get someone out to my house to fix it at a price I could afford until a mechanic suggested I use a bypass pulley. I could not find any information about a bypass pulley for the Saturn Vue on the internet but in looking for it, I came across this thread. Another mechanic I was talking had came up with the same idea and called me about it as I was reading this thread.
Needless to say I was back on the road an hour after he got there (We had to make two trips to Autozone because we got too short of a belt the first time). We did end up using a 42 inch belt, as it was mentioned here earlier. I believe I still have the packaging and will give the part number, if I can find it or the receipt later(It is 4:00 am here and I do not want to wake up anyone else looking for them right now). I will say though, that I got a standard Duralast 42 inch, 6 ribbed belt. And after taxes it was only like $16.45 (your taxes may be different).
I also want to note that with the 42 inch belt, we were able to route the belt under the tensioner, which insures the alternator pulley spins properly.
Monday, July 11th, 2016 AT 2:10 AM