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00 Zx2, Ac compressor pulley, squeal, plate loose, wobbling

Discussion in 'HVAC' started by marc carraway, Oct 10, 2018.

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    marc carraway FEOA Member

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    Hi all. I got a 2000 Zx2, at, 170k, runs good.
    But the ac compressor is possibly shot.
    I either need to replace the ac compressor or if possible, fix the wobbling plate behind the pulley.

    Is there a diy on replacing the compressor in these or one for another similar to Zx2's(like a regular escort ac compressor maybe).

    Orrrrrr.....better yet, anyone know if I can repair the compressor with a clutch kit or somethin? I got just about all car tools and ac tools from working on cars at home over lotta years. But i'm still only a home tree mech!(not trying to front here!)

    I looked at the diy here, I read everything in the posts here, I searched yt, ggl, etc for some info. Couldn't find what I needed.
    Really wanted to see if I can bypass ac on it. But I know it likes to come on in winter w heat on anyway, I was thinking just do it right. But if I can put a "dummy", or bypass pulley on these, that'd be a thought. But again, didn't find much on bypassing ac compressors on zx2's. Sorta stuck so thought I'd go ahead and ask for help.

    Anyway, that's what's up. The compressor is squealing a bit w ac on, I took serpentine off, the plate behind the pulley is loose as goose! Wobbling all over the place.

    Ideas, direction, advice?
    Thanks lot!
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    marc carraway FEOA Member

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    You can't bypass the ac on a ZX2 without installing a pulley where the compressor is. Dorman makes em for the zx2's. But looks like you got to have a bypass pulley, despite what ALL the wrong info EVERYWHERE online says. Aint happening.

    You can rebuild your compressor. Kits r form around 65 to about 85 bucks. Comes with new clutch assembly. One's I saw had new pulley w bearing in, face plate and the coil assembly part as well.

    Obviously can buy a new, reman or whatever, compressor if yours is shot or something imploded inside beyond repair. But if it's just the bearings in the pulley or coil, you can def rebuild it.
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    you can replace the clutch and this should take care of the problem
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    marc carraway FEOA Member

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    I threw on the bypass pulley, they had 1 at autoz, 39.99. Did that to get it back on road, don't really need ac in Oct.

    With the time to fix compressor now, anyone think it's worth it? Or just buy new compressor. I don't mind doing the clutch kit install to it, but it does have 170k on it. If it's not worth the money, like if it's prob going to tear up somewhere else in the compressor after that, i'd rather not waste the money/prob about 85 bucks for the better one on amzn.

    New compressors range from about 120 to how high you want to go. saw one high as 300 bucks. If it'll continue to roll on fine with the clutch kit, no issues anywhere else with it after that, i'd rather do that to save that bit of cash.

    Any suggestions?
    Prob wouldn't hurt to throw in new orifice tube, accumulator, flush, prior to reinstalling the compressor?
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    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    ac in october will help with defrost. i would rec replacing the tube, and the dryer as you stated, however flusing is not required unless the compressor failed terribly on the inside. also, dont forget to balance the oil in the system prior to charging.
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    Yea, thx Marclar.
    I'll certainly swap out orifice and receiver/dryer, np.
    And yea! It does seem to come on every single time I put it in any mode, like any settin on the control panel! It seems like it does anyway. Maybe not face/heat, but seems like on every setting, cmprssr kicks on for some reason.

    So I assume it's supposed to kick on in defrost mode to "condition" the air, like to take help the frost off windshield?

    If it's always been comin on, this whole time(170k), and it just now broke clutch, or pulley pulley's shaft or whatever's causin wobbling pulley, then that's pretty dang good!

    So you say replace the tube/dryer, and that prob went w out me asking! And i wont flush it as well then, as I dont think it grenaded all up inside compressor. Just the ol wobbling pulley issues.

    Only thing that happened was pulley was binding, that or wobbling too much and it was causin belt to try n lock itself up, even stalled engine one time(had to put in n and crank back up), before I could get it home and park it, like immediately. But ac was still cold when it wasn't doing that binding, not binding, then bind, then stop bind and run good, then bind, etc, etc. Ac would still be cold.
    It did "squeal" at times!

    So with that, u got an pinion on clutch kit versus just buying another compressor?

    Thx for info!
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    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    here is what i would do.. do some looking for a 'new' compressor, locally, dont look online. price search a few different suppliers, problem is you may not even be able to find a clutch kit. that is the problem i have been running into lately with older (10+) year vehicles. now days its cheaper to replace it. reman ones are spotty at best, all reman in mexico with chinese parts...
    if you can find a clutch kit, you have to weigh the option of... is the compressor failing internally making the clutch slip/ overheat.. or is it just worn from 170k+ miles of usage.. if the compressor is worn internally, youll see debris on the orifice tube, may be in best interest to recover the system and inspect the tube before making any purchase. the dryer picks up most of the crap from the system, but is not inspectable without cutting it open.


    your right about the ac coming on under most modes, it removes the moisture from the cabin. helps with cooling and defrost by 'drying' the air before its heated and put through the vents. youll notice that vehicles with no ac will have foggy windows in the rear and front side windows more than one with ac.
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