Serpentine belt A/C bypass

Tiny
PHILBARNES
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  • 2002 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
My AC pulley has seized and I can't afford to replace it. Is there any way to bypass the AC with a shorter belt?
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 AT 7:32 PM

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Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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You can use a shorter belt if you might need to do some trail and error on the belt size her is a link that shows the belt routing to help you see how to do it

https://www.2carpros.com/diagrams/ford/taurus/2002

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-serpentine-belt

Please let us know what you find.

Cheers
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 AT 9:07 PM
Tiny
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So the only way for me to get my car back on the road is to repair the (very expensive) A/C? Who's the engineer who thought that was a good idea?
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Thursday, September 18th, 2008 AT 5:17 AM
Tiny
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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.
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Saturday, October 11th, 2008 AT 8:31 AM

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