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Old 08-14-2009, 08:16 AM
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Default A/C compressor squealing and seizing

Basically what the title says. The a/c compressor in my '96 Ranger 3.0 started squealing and the pulley stops turning from time to time. For now, I want to simply get it off the serpentine belt and not worry about it. Is there an easy way to remove just the pulley wheel so I don't have to pay to have someone evacuate the a/c system? Also, where can I find what length belt I need to replace the existing one with, after the compressor is out of the loop?

I'm on a really tight budget for a couple more months here and can't afford mechanic fees.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:18 AM
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You may check with a auto parts store and see if they have belts for rangers with same engine that dont have factory air

I know ford produced some trucks that did not come with air
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:11 AM
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Hmmm, well I unplugged the compressor and it seems to not lock up now, so I guess that would mean it's the compressor clutch? That would actually be better than the whole compressor being shot And, it would give me time to wait until I can fix it, at least.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:41 AM
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Dont know where u live if there is a O'rielly Auto Parts store

Clutch Cycling Switch $15.99
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:44 PM
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There is this grinding crazy scary sounding thing happening mostly when I start my truck and sometimes while I'm driving. Started yesterday, I have narrowed down to the right side of the engine bay (if your standing in front of the vehicle) it might be the ac compressor, but it does it whether I have the ac engaged or not. It's a squeaky grinding noise, sometimes it's really loud sometimes it's low volume. Should I worry about the engine or something locking up while I'm driving?
Is this the same thing happening to you and how would I go about disengaging the compressor or whatever?

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Old 08-25-2009, 04:59 PM
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Are you sure the pulley stops turning or is the a/c clutch cycling the way it is supposed to do. The clutch is mounted on the front of the pulley to engage the compressor as it cycles. The pulley should be spinning at all times. The squeal may mean you need to replace the belt (the cheapest solution) or your idler pulley is going bad and not keeping enough tension on the belt when the a/c clutch engages (causing the squeal). A belt for a non a/c ranger may not fit because the routing is different.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:09 PM
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Littleblue:

Yeah, I watched it for a minute or so, and I can see the clutch on the front of the pulley wheel engage, and that's when the pulley wheel stops and the belt squeals on it because it's not turning. But since I unplugged the wires to the compressor, it looks like it's just freewheeling and I'm hoping that it will be okay for about another month until I can afford to fix it. I can't just pull off the compressor at the moment because I can't pay someone right now to evacuate the system properly (and I'm "green" enough that I won't just let the coolant off into the atmosphere)

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Old 08-25-2009, 08:43 PM
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After staring at it for a while I noticed my ac compressor pulley seems to be making the noise, almost like it needs to be "oiled" or something and has bearings without grease, I'm note exactly sure how it is all constructed, or if I can actually replace the pulley itself or if that means I need to get a whole compressor even though the ac compressor apparently works. hmm
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