1997 Ford Taurus AC Compressor

Tiny
MRHOJO1974
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  • 1997 FORD TAURUS
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
My belt smoked out from what I thought was the water pump, but it looks to be the AC Comprssor. When the engine is off are all the compentnts that the belt moves supposed to be able to move freely, with the exception of the crank? The altinator, power stering, and water pump pieces move freely but the AC compressor on the bottom does not. Does that indicate that is the problem? Also can I just get a belt that bypasses the compressor?
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Saturday, March 14th, 2009 AT 1:54 PM

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Tiny
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With a/c turned off, the pulley should spin freely, you can change that pulley by removing tha 5/16 bolt on front and then the c clip, it should slide off as a unit, for 50.00 dollars at the junk yard, pick out a working compressor, remove that from compressor and install on yours...or you can eliminte the compressor by buying a compressor eliminator...


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_Pulley_4.jpg

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Saturday, March 14th, 2009 AT 2:55 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, that is a big help. Is there anywhere online I can go to get a step by step process?
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Saturday, March 14th, 2009 AT 4:09 PM
Tiny
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If you are removing the compressor, get the R134a sucked out by a shop, then just unbolt everything it will come right out. Then install the new pulley put the serpentine belt back on and you are good to go!
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Sunday, March 15th, 2009 AT 7:44 AM
Tiny
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Thanks again. I think I will just bypass the compressor for now.

Thanks for all of your help.
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Sunday, March 15th, 2009 AT 9:46 AM
Tiny
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I guess I have to remove the compressor in order to install the bypass? Can I replace the clutch, which really seems to be the problem, without removing the compressor?
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Sunday, March 15th, 2009 AT 10:13 AM
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If you can fit the tools on the front, yes, no need to even open the a/c system. Or remove the belt and the bolts and tip it down to work on it.
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Sunday, March 15th, 2009 AT 10:28 AM

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