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Old Jan 28th, 16, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Compressor Clutch R&R on a Z28

Has anyone attempted to replace an AC compressor clutch with the compressor still mounted on the engine? I have a 95 Z28 and the bearing has gone bad. Didn't know if I needed to unmount it, take it totally out or what. Thanks in advance.
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It's a piece of cake with the right tools. This video shows the compressor on the bench, but if you have room in front, I would do it on the car.

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Re: Compressor Clutch R&R on a Z28

I had already found that video on this site, but thanks ZZ.

My question is "has anyone successfully R&R the compressor clutch while the compressor is still on the engine?" I know its tight. I'm just trying to find out if anyone attempted this without going thru the trouble of purging the system and wrestling the compressor out of that incredibly tight space. Anyone?
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You will have to purge, triple evac, and charge system.
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Re: Compressor Clutch R&R on a Z28

Everett, thanks for your input, however I have to dispute your advice. After looking at it for some time and not wanting to purge/recharge the system I decided to try it. I went to Advance Auto and got their A/C loaner tools and tackled it.Though its tight I was successful in removing the clutch pulley with little trouble. The bearing had started making noise, so I got one from Amazon. Pressed it out and back in, then replaced the pulley and clutch plate making sure I had the right air gap of .030". She's quiet as a mouse.
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Old Feb 22nd, 16, 06:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice job Chris. I had a squeaky bearing on my 94 Z and took the lazy way out. Every once and a while I would shoot a little WD-40 on it. I drove the car 500 miles a week and it took the squeak out for a few weeks at a time.
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