I also emailed my Uncle who is a great mechanic and here was his response:
First off the Camry probably was not offered from the factory without A/C. Its a standard feature. That is way Napa doesn't list a belt for one without A/C. I've been down this road several times. It is very difficult to try to route around the A/C. I"v never been able to do it without a major expense. If the car was offered from the factory without A/C then it's different. You can purchase the different tensioners or idlers and go round it like they did. Your in a pickle. The cheapest thing I think you can do is have someone replace the bearing in the hub. I assume thats what is making the noise. You should not have to buy the entire compressor if just the bearing failed. Someone should be able to take it apart, find a bearing and replace it. At this point you don't have to put the clutch back on, just run the pump as an idler.
Thursday, December 20th, 2007 AT 10:18 AM