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#1628496 - 09/01/2019 22:23 AC compressor removal
Edinburgh Offline
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Registered: 04/03/2007
Posts: 10334
Loc: Auld Reekie
Ok, so "we" have an issue with the AC/alternator belt tensioner.

The belt is still "on", but the tensioner pulley (the plastic part) has separated from the metal centre. Probably never been replaced. The spindle has stuck to the bolt.

It's proving difficult to remove and it looks like the way forward is to remove the AC pump (system already degassed ages ago).

Can somebody please confirm that undoing just these two nuts (+ancillary pipework) are all that's needed to take it off?
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#1628497 - 09/01/2019 22:38 Re: AC compressor removal [Re: Edinburgh]
adam16vt Offline
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Registered: 01/04/2010
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I’m sure there are 2 tucked under the air con part as well

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#1628498 - 09/01/2019 22:39 Re: AC compressor removal [Re: Edinburgh]
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In fact I’m sure I’m right as the metal water pipe bolts on to the part you need to remove as well as those 2 top bolts

All 13mm if memory serves smile

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#1628499 - 09/01/2019 22:50 Re: AC compressor removal [Re: Edinburgh]
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Yes, there are 2 more bolts at the bottom that also secure the metal coolant pipe bracket.

Also be aware of the long screw that goes down to the aircon belt tensioner.

And if you remove the compressor completely try to keep it upright and cover the exposed input/output points as well as the open ends of the pipes.

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#1628500 - 09/01/2019 23:54 Re: AC compressor removal [Re: Edinburgh]
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Cheers chaps - remains to be seen whether it can be swung out of the way or will have to come off completely...
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#1628501 - 10/01/2019 05:21 Re: AC compressor removal [Re: Edinburgh]
DaveG Offline
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Yes, 4 bolts and for the bottom coolant pipe it can be particularly difficult to reach one of the two 10mm nuts. The compressor can be swung out of the way but make sure to support it. Also wortwhile to disconnect the battery sine you'll be swinging spanners close to the back of the alternator.
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#1628503 - 10/01/2019 07:00 Re: AC compressor removal [Re: Edinburgh]
magooagain Offline
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You could get rid altogether ! Think of all that room to work in after. tongue
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#1628506 - 10/01/2019 11:31 Re: AC compressor removal [Re: Edinburgh]
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And the performance gain with the weight loss!

:-)

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