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The air compressor pulley doesn't spin when turning the car over . Which then smokes and brakes my belt. Does this mean the compressor is shot ? Or is there something else that's going on? Can I just

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See if you can get new clutch pulley if not you need new compressor

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SOURCE: NEED TO ROUTE SERPENTINE BELT AROUND SEIZED AC PULLEY ON 2001 TAU

Some Parts Stores Have A/C Bypas Belts you should call around

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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SOURCE: serpentine belt slips off idler pulley

The A/C pully is supposed to spin freely until the AC is activated to run.. The cranshaft pully does not. Replace the tensioner pully. The belt has to fit in between the grooves on the pullys.

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Unplug wires going to the compressor, and let it freewheel, if it's not noisy in that mode. A/C compressor won't kick in if not connected. A lot less hassle than going the other way.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

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It is possible. What you have to do is gat a belt for a vehicle that has the same engine as your car but with out A/C. It will have to be a Chevy or some other GM brand other than Cadillac. You cannot get a Caddy without A/C. I would go to a junk yard and look under the hood of a few cars. Some times even though the engines are the same the acessories may be in different places. When you find something with the same engine and acessories in the same place and no A/C just get a new belt for that car and put it on yours. You may have to remove your A/C compressor to make this work. Good Luck.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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SOURCE: A/C compressor pulley is seized and burning the serpentine belt

yeah its seized up[ and they dont make a repair kit for that one either. they have at most auto parts stores an ac bypass pulley . its a bracket and pulley so you can bypass the factory ac unit and still run the factory belt. but if you decide to change the ac unit there are 5 bolts holding the unit down .have the system evacuated.loosen belt and drop down out of your way. take the ac lines off the compressor and set aside . there are two bolts on top in front and there are 3 bolts in back on top tieing together a triangle shape mounting plate , take all 5 loose and out.disconnect ac wires (snap clip) lift , lightly pry off old ac unit.set aside and reverse the procedure to install your new or salvage yard ac unit. refrigerant chargers can be purchased from wall mart ( there cheaper) at $30. roughly 2 1/2 cans will completely fill the system just follow on label instructions. its all easy to do if you can use wrenches and have a little knowledge. and you get the satisfaction of doing it yourself. and save a bunch of $ along the way.

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I have a 99 ford mustang gt 5 speed and I had turn the temp. to cool and turned on defroster and had a real bad burning smell I pulled over and it was smoking around the belt what could this be?


I suspect that the clutch bearing on your a/c compressor is failing. This would cause increased resistance to the spinning motion induced by the serpentine belt. The belt then continues to travel around the pulley on the a/c compressor, but the pulley doesn't spin and creates added friction on the belt. After a brief period of time, the belt heats up to the point of smoldering and begins smoking. When you select "defrost" you are engaging the a/c compressor clutch just as if you selected air conditioning. Take your car to an automotive repair professional for replacement of the a/c clutch bearing or, if the clutch is severely degraded, replacement of the a/c compressor. Good luck.

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Check for a straight line of sight alignment of the belt running across the different pulleys of the engine and also check for any pulley that doesn't spin freely. The common problem is a seized up AC compressor clutch pulley on this car and most others as well. If you can't figure it out see a trained professional; for help.

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1997 chevy blazer,serpentine belt making noise. belt dressing doesn't seem to help,sometimes it makes the noise louder.and then after driving for a good while the noise stops.; it starts again whe i...


May be a worn belt or a pulley whose bearings are shot. Remove belt and check it for the ribs having broken down or missing parts of belt. While it's off, check all your pulleys for turning freely, alternator, tensioner pulley, a/c compressor, PS pulley...If you hear any noise when spinning them, or feel any movement like wobbling, or if they have a rough feel, then its likely that pulley needs replacing.

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I started my 2005 Taurus, heard a high pitched whining sound and saw smoke rising from under the hood. Haven't started it since, and am going to have it towed to a dealership. I'm not a mechanic...


  • Hi, I can help.

  • Sounds to me like the "whining" was a stuck pulley and the smoke was from the serpentine belt smoking. The alternator, AC compressor, Power Steering Pump, Water Pump and the Tentioner are all pulleys that are driven by the serpentine belt. When one of the em pulleys lock up the belt is still pulled by all the other pulleys and smokes out on the stuck pulley.

  • This video here will give you the best visual on how to remove your serpentine belt (simple really)

  • Once you remove the serpentine belt start turning pulleys. They should spin free with no hangups. If the belt smoked then one of the pulleys is probably really stuck and won't move at all. When you find the stuck pulley that part will need to be replaced as a whole. In other words if your alternator pulley locked up then the alternator will need replaced.

  • This would be the first thing I would look at, given what you explained as to what happened.

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When I turn on the air conditioning it squeeks very loud. I just put in new belts. A friend said the tension is goon. How do I know if the compressor is bad


  • I would start with a can or brake clean and spray some of that on your belt as it is turning and see if there is some dirt on the belt making it squeal.
  • It can be a week tensioner. You can look with a flashlight as the belt is turning to see if you see the tension pulley is popping up and loosing tension.
  • While there with the flashlight make sure the belt is running strait.
  • A couple ways to know if the compressor is bad. First you will hear it squeal real bad or grind real bad ans you run the AC. This is an indicator of the bearings gone bad. You can also remove the belt and just give the compressor pulley a few spins. It should spin free with no hang ups or noises.
  • I would suggest that while the belt is off you spin all the pulleys to see if they spin free without any noises. Naturally the crank won't spin by hand but all the others should.
  • Also keep in mind that on rare occasions even a new belt can be bad and another new one will be needed.

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One of the pulleys is bad and is not spinning.You will need to remove the belt and spin each one to see which one is locked up or very difficult to turn. The only pully you will not be able to turn should the crankshaft pully all others should spin relatively easy.

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