Air conitioner clutch

Tiny
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I was told that I need a new clutch for my car. Ford tauras GL 1996 165,000 miles. My car heats up when I first start out then it goes to normal, the belt makes a noise. I replaced the power steering, alt, pully and belt and it still is bad, so now I am told it is the clutch. What clutch do I buy. The parts store says there are 2 different ones. I don't have th option to have it tore down then find out as I have to have my car so I want to get the part and have them fix it. It is a 3.0. Thanks
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Saturday, July 1st, 2006 AT 2:41 PM

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Tiny
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What does " heat up" mean? Is the water temp getting high on the gauge and then dropping to a somewhat normal range? Or is it that your a c blows hot air and then cools down? What sort of noise is it making? I'm assuming you replaced the belt already? Belts will go bad, sometimes quicker then you would expect, they can make a pretty good rattle themselves.
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Sunday, July 2nd, 2006 AT 12:39 PM
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The temp gauge goes up then back to normal temp. I have replaced the belt about 3 mos ago. I cannot decribe the noise maybe like a whine and a terrible one when I start it up. The air does not work just blows hot air. I have put 4 belts on this car in last 3 years.
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Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 AT 4:53 PM
Tiny
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Probably 2 different clutches because there may be different compressor motors? If you're blowing no cooled air, check your compressor see if the clutch locks up when you turn it on, take 2 people for this, does it make this terrible noise on startup, with no a c on? Temp gauge running up and settling back could be normal, how far up does it go? Maybe time for a new thermostat, belts are not the quality they used to be years ago, do you drive a lot of miles, most belts only come with a 1 yr warranty.
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Thursday, July 6th, 2006 AT 9:27 PM
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Then temp gauge goes up about 3/4 of the way, heats up really quick. It makes this really loud sound in the morning but seems to die down as you drive it. The more I hear it it sound like a diesel engine starting up. I do not have much knowledge of cars, I am a woman so I appricate your help. The air conditioner has not worked for about a year. If the clutch locks up what does that mean? Thanks
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Friday, July 7th, 2006 AT 1:10 PM
Tiny
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Could be a multitude of reasons why no a c. Do you have anyone that could help you check out at least the a c? To check the clutch, you could actually do it your self. You'll need a short piece of wire, 14 gauge or so. Find your a c compressor, it should be down below the alternator and, or power steering pump. You'll notice where the belt goes around the pulley, the clutch is located right there in front of the pulley, next thing look at the firewall on the passenger side, maybe under the plastic shroud, you'll see what looks sort of like a bottle, black it will be, has an electrical connector on top. What you want to do to check if the clutch locks up is: start your car, put a c switch on max, unplug the connector previously mentioned, take your little jumper 14 gauge wire, hook it between the two female end in the plug, and watch for the compressor clutch to lock on, you'll see and hear it. If it locks up, at least that much is working, do NOT let it stay on, unplug the jumper, you may damage the compressor if it is low on refrigerant and oil. Your car must be r12 refrigerant, right? Post back
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Saturday, July 8th, 2006 AT 12:03 AM
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We think we have found problem. The tensioner is (unit) is making the noise. It moves and the little pin that sticks out is not moving. It is knocking real bad but the belt is fine. Does this have to be replaced or is there someother way that it can be fixed. No one seems to have this part. Does it have to be ordered from Ford. Thanks for help.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2006 AT 6:59 AM
Tiny
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The belt tensioner is making the noise? That's an easy fix, you shouldn't have any trouble finding it in a local auto parts store, did a quick search around here, all the parts are available, the pulley, tension unit and also the idler pulley. You can pull it off and try lubricating it, however it's got some pretty hefty spring to it, usually they're just replaced. Glad to hear it is something relatively inexpensive.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2006 AT 4:48 PM

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