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Power Steering and AC Removal

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by daddydrew6407, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. daddydrew6407

    daddydrew6407 FEOA Member

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    How is this done correctly?
    I'm pretty sure the puly is trying to lock up and I don't feel like messing with it. How is the proper way to remove it? Since there's not a belt just for ac and no PS, I guess I'll remove it too since the Blower motor only works when it wants. Suggestions and tips appreciated!!

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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    The connections to the blower motor corrode and burn up, ignition switches can partially fail, or the brushes can be bad, and make the motor sporadic.

    Deleting power steering is a great idea in my opinion, removing ac is a stupid idea in my opinion. There's always a day when you don't want to arrive with a sweaty crotch, or you really need to dry out the interior.

    Plus, we don't know which pulley you are talking about yet ;)
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Search numerous previous threads about this. Lookup the various belt routing diagrams.

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    A/C and alternator is pretty much the same as power steering and alternator. If you remove both power steering and A/C, you will need to get the engine bracket and idler to install in it's place.
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I just used the idler that is between the PS and AC. My setup is like pic #2 but I'm using the lower idler that is in pic #1.
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    daddydrew6407 FEOA Member

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    Well here's the dealio, It's the Ac clutch trying to lock up, it will even kill the car at idle, sounds horrendous. I didn't pay much for the car and I could care less about the AC anyways because the Blower motor only works half of the time, and I'm sure it's a bitch getting a good used ac pump and actually getting it on. So I guess I'll be deleting the ac. How do I do that the correct way? And the belt length I found without ac is 49 inches, is that correct?

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    Ocramzeej FEOA Donator

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    I mean, legally, you'll have to take the car to a shop to have the A/C lines purged before you can take the A/C out, otherwise you're liable for a $10k fine from the EPA.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    If all you need is an A/C clutch, get a used A/C clutch and swap it out, or repair the one that you have (might have gap issues or rust issues). The used compressors you will find for sale are all so old that they will all leak refrigerant. The blower issues are easy enough to fix.
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    Well that's what I "think" it is. I mean it sounds like hell, horrible to say the least.

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    IIRC, the A/C clutch comes off the compressor pretty easily and you can probably do it with the compressor in the car. that way you don't have to mess around with disconnecting A/C lines. Find a pick 'n' pull and take the whole A/C compressor and all and practice taking the clutch off; you'll probably only spend $10.
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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    I think it's actually $30k.

    But to the op, I'd make sure it's not an issue that can be fixed with a pressure washer or some wd-40.
    I liberally spray the clutch and all of it's nooks and crannies with lube, then rinse with brake cleaner. I do it over and over, with the engine running actually. It works great, it cleaned years of grit and grease out of it for me. My accessory belt is silky smooth and quiet now. You must understand, there's a fire risk while performing the method I mentioned. My car has probably done 5k on gravel/dirt roads, the grease/degrease works great. Water works too, and is cheaper. Taking the lower splash shields off and going to the car wash to hit the clutch while running is pretty easy.
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    daddydrew6407 FEOA Member

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    I just bypassed it with a shorter belt. You can do pretty much whatever you want here in ky lol. But the pully on the compressor was shot, could easily wiggle it 1/8 of an inch in any direction and was just free floating lol. Pretty bad

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    you can fix the blower by replacing the melted connector on the resistor block.
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