Shorter serpentine belt to bypass AC

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TOMAS JAVIER ELLIS
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 170,000 MILES
My LS model has a bad A/C compressor and I am looking for a no-A/C belt that will fit so that I can bypass the compressor until I can afford to get it fixed.
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 AT 10:37 AM

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STEVE W.
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No way to do that without a bypass pulley to take the place of the AC pulley. Did the clutch bearing seize so it will not turn or is it the compressor itself? If the clutch turns free just remove the power connector to the clutch and replace the compressor whenever.
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 AT 10:52 AM
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TOMAS JAVIER ELLIS
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The clutch is turning but not freely, it is like a jerking movement, and the belt is making a squealing sound. I had the guy from auto zone look at it and he said it as the clutch, however my A/C stopped working a few months ago, but the belt noise just started.
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 AT 11:33 AM
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STEVE W.
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Yeah, that sounds like a failed clutch. Dorman makes a bypass pulley for it for around $40.00. Or you could get a clutch kit for around $75.00 A complete new compressor is about 175.00.
They are not real hard to change, basically the system gets evacuated, you remove the belt, disconnect two electrical connectors and remove three bolts and the bolt for the line block. To reinstall you use the new o-rings that will be with the new compressor in the line block, torque it down, install the three bolts, tighten them good, reinstall the two wiring connectors and put the belt back on. Then have a shop recharge the system. If you have a shop you trust you can ask them if they would evacuate and recharge the system for you, with you doing the swap.
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 AT 4:26 PM

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