ac compressor pulley

Old 10-12-03, 07:07 AM
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Unhappy ac compressor pulley

i have a 1996 pontiac grand am 2.4 4 cyl. i am getting a grinding noise from the front of the ac compressor and metal shavings are visable in the pulley/clutch. can the pulley be replaced on this or the bearing or is it easier to replace the whole compressor?
Old 10-12-03, 07:34 AM
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this is usually caused when the a/c compressor tries to lock up causing the front pulley and clutch plate to get very hot to fix it, it will need a new or remanufactured compressor with clutch, accumulator and orfice tube replaced at minimum and may need the a/c system flushed also. this is something you should have a shop do as they have to reclaim any freon in the system flush if needed and replace the components and pull a vacum on the system before refilling with freon.

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