I have a 1999 Plymouth Breeze, 4 cyl. auto front wheel drive. The compressor locked up and the serpentine belt needs replaced. Is there a way to bypass the A/C compressor and just replace the belt so the car will run, but will not have A/C?
I see this is an old post, but I will respond for future generations. specifically for your Breeze, Autozone part #400K6 belt will nicely bypass your a/c. The generic answer for anyone wanting to bypass an a/c compressor...1. with a string, route an acceptable path over the necessary pullies to accomplish the "bypass"....at some point (preferably on a pully) overlap the string ends and touch a marker to them, marking both strings at the same time. 2. Remove the string and measure the length between these points...write it down. 3. Go to a auto parts website..(Autozone is a good one)..and look up the original belt part number. Now, learn to decipher the part number by clicking on "details" and comparing given dimensions & info with the part number. The belt I mentioned above is 40.0 inches long, with 6 ribs, and a "K" section construction. 3. Once you learn where the length of the belt is within the part number, you use the parts store search box substituting your needed length for the length in your original belt's part number...be sure to include the other letters/numbers, as those assure you will get the correct belt "style". One thing to note, belt lengths are usually in increments of 1/2 inch, so a 40 1/2 inch belt would be listed as 405K6. Also many companies are now using millimeters for belt lengths....same principle, just more digits. Good luck.
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If the hub bearing is noisy it will still make noise with the compressor off. That CAN mess up your belt. If it is quiet with the compressor off then you probably have internal compressor damage. Leaving it off WILL NOT mess anything else up on the belt system. If when you do use the compressor and it locks up you WILL lose your serpentine belt. One last thing. If your short on money you can measure the belt system less the compressor and pick up a shorter belt and bypass the compressor. Good luck.
Ok..that is a strange one.. I am going to hazard a guess and suggest you look to the AC compressor.
When you run the defroster the ac compressor comes on..typically whenever the outside temp is above 40 degrees.. the ac compressor kicks in to dry out air inside.
Often when it rains.. the windows fog.. you turn on the defrost.. the ac compressor tries to come on.. and.. there ya go.. rather there your serpentine belt goes.
Several things could cause this.. worn belt.. failing belt tension-er... or failing ac compressor..
If the ac compressor is frozen meaing it will not turn..when the electric clutch on the front engages.. it would cause the pulley to stop turning.. and the belt would have a hard time staying on a non rotating part.
Or if the belt tension-er is bad..or the belt is worn.. when the additional load of the compressor kicks in.. it jumps off.
To replace the drive belt or serpentine belt on a Voyager check the engine size. For 2.4L engines, a serpentine belt runs the air conditioning compressor and alternator. For 3.0L models, the alternator and power steering share a belt with a separate belt for the AC. Dodge recommends checking the belts every 15,000 miles or 12 months for possible replacement. I have gone 3 yrs with one.. it will start squealing when you turn on the heater to defrost..
Most replacement belts have a diagram on the package. However, the easiest way is to pay close attention to the belt you are taking off, and replace the new one the same way. The pulleys themselves are usually 'grooved' or 'smooth' which tells you whether the front or back of the belt is against it. The hardest part is figuring out how to release tension on the idler-pulley. If you can get the belt on and the idler/tension pulley (same thing) pulls the belt tight, chances are you got the belt right. If you don't know what I mean, then the mostest best way is to get a Clymer Manual and read up. Its really a simple thing to do yourself.
I used a long heavy duty screw driver to release the tension on a Pontiac Sunbird.. the belt will only fit on one way..
THE 4 CYLINDER ENGINES YOU HAVE TO REMOVE THE DRIVE BELT.THE ALTERNATOR AND THE AC COMPRESSOR WITH OUT DISCONNECTING THE REFRIGERANT LINES.THEN REMOVE TENSIONER CENTER BOLT. THE 6 CYLINDER ENGINE YOU HAVE TO REMOVE DRIVE BELT.RAISE SUPPORT CAR ON JACK STAND.THEN REMOVE RIGHT FRONT WHEEL.AND THE INNER FENDER LINING.THEN REMOVE THE BELT TENSIONER CENTER BOLT.
you can get step by step instructions from a chilton manual. i go to the library, and copy the page or pages i need. libraries have every chilton auto manuals. may have to rent a specialty tool for belt tensioner pulley. can be rented at any parts store, money is returned when tool is. usually 20 bucks. put tool on tension pulley, pull to loosen belt tension, with other hand slip belt off of alternator or easiest pulley to get to. before you take belt off take a mental picture of belt route. when installing new belt remember if pulley is smooth it contacts smooth side of belt.