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Old 08-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
 
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Default A/C compressor clutch bearing

My daughter's 1998 Chevy Malibu 3100 V6 is making a funny noise. It's coming from the A/C compressor. When engaged, it's quiet, but when the clutch is released, it makes a spinning, metallic sound. I'm assuming the bearing is going out on the clutch.

Can these easily be replaced without removing the compressor from the engine?
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you can, but it's kind of a bitch. i'd suggest removing the compressor and doing it on the bench. personally, i'd just replace the compressor and call it done.
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yea, but I was hoping not to deal with the freon.
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if you remove the cluch with freon in the system, you'll blow the front seal out. ask me how i know
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I was just doing some more homework on this. Maybe the bearing is OK and the "air gap" is to small. Can I juts pull the hub and reset it? Or replace just the hub?
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if you pull the front piece (which is the piece rubbing against the pulley), you risk blowing the charge. you have no way of recovering the freon?
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You can take the car to most shops and ask them to evacuate the system. You put a compressor in and have them recharge it.
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