eliminate ac. what belt?

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Old 09-14-07, 10:24 AM
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eliminate ac. what belt?

i own a 1996 cavalier. the ac pulley wheel is squealing. someone i talked to recomended eliminating the ac pulley wheel by just using a smaller belt, before the pulley wheel ceases. does anyone know the exact smaller belt i would use for this?

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Old 09-14-07, 10:38 AM
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It's a little more difficult than it sounds. You have to come with one that fits. You may try to source a belt for that vehicle with all your options but without air conditioning.

Another possibility is to use a cord and route it through the belt path you're needing. Snug it with any adjustments on the accessories taken in (set for loosest belt). Then mark the cord and take it to an auto parts store. They should be able to match the length of belt you need.

Hope this helps,

Bob
 
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Old 09-14-07, 03:31 PM
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The squeeling may just be from a badly worn surpentine belt.

Just my 2 cents.
 
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Old 09-14-07, 04:40 PM
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Try the auto parts store.
When you tell them what car you have and they ask if you have A/C, say no, there's a good chance you will get the right belt.
 
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Old 09-24-07, 10:23 AM
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when i was there that day. i asked the salesman to give me a printout for the belt routing, for the ac and non-ac engine.
1 of the pulley wheels on the non-ac engine routing had a larger pulley wheel, then that of the ac engine. so i didn't know if it was as easy as just putting the non-ac belt on. is it?
 
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ok just a question does it just make noise with the ac off or with it off and on
alot of times if it is off only it the clutch on the ac chattering sometimes just prying it a little bit will make it stop
but otherwise the non ac belt for that car just routes same way but bypasses the compressor pullys are the same the picture you saw must just not show it correctly

brian
 
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Old 09-25-07, 04:08 AM
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the ac hasn't worked in years. just never got it fixed. thanks brian. i'll give it a go.
 
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Old 09-25-07, 06:35 AM
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You can also, as a permanent solution, remove the compressor entirely and install a bypass pulley like this:

http://www.1aauto.com/1A/ACBypassPul...PM00004/481578
 
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Old 09-25-07, 09:49 AM
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sounds like too much work!! to pull on that dummy pulley.
 
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Old 09-25-07, 10:25 AM
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Just a thought. Some vehicles' design would preclude one from simply using a non-ac size belt.
 
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