I experienced a similar AC problem last May. The mechanic advised to do exactly what you describe - bypass the AC with a shorter belt. We did it and it worked fine until such time as I could actually get the AC fixed. I was halfway to Pennsylvania from Alabama and HAD to continue my trip. This AC bypass saved my trip and cost under $200. Sorry I didn't read your question until 10/11/2008.
Saturday, October 11th, 2008 AT 8:31 AM