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98 Mystique serpentine belt replacement to by pass A/C compressor

Mystique A/C compreesor bearings are shot. Local auto parts says this model not made without A/C. Anyone know of a shorter belt that would bypass the A/C compressor for cheapest fix?



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Good news...if you've got the 4 cylinder model, O'Reilly Auto Parts has a belt made by Gates Model #K060806. If you have the 6 cylinder model, it's Gates Model #K060623. I'm guessing you tried AutoZone first...I hate AZ for this reason alone. Anyways, hope this proves useful. Have a great night!

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