Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 17:53:02 GMT
From: "James Sweet" <>
Subject: Re: A/c compressor 1999 9-3

> > My clutch pulley bearings failled (it seems). I think I only need a > new clutch assembly. However, nobody sell it separate, so I gota buy > the whole compressor. > > I can replace the clutch myself with minimal tools, but people are > recomending that I replace the entire compressor, which means I need > to disconnect/reconnect a whole lot more? > > Do I need to recharge the system? Replace the dryer/receiver? Since > I believe only the pulley failed, theres no metal chips in there > right? How can I check? > If the clutch is removeable then surely somebody sells it? Maybe you could find a new bearing, places like McMaster Carr sell that sort of thing. If you replace the compressor then yes you need to replace the dryer, O-rings at any fittings you disconnect, then pump it down and recharge it. There's probably no excessive metal shavings in there but I would still replace the orifice tube any time the system was opened.

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