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3.9 V6. How can I remove the A/C clutch?

You need special tool
Tools Required ?€¢
J 37872 Compressor Clutch Holding Tool

J 6083 Snap Ring Pliers

Important: Remove the three adjustable dowels from the J37872 Compressor Clutch Holding Tool.
Install three 5/16 x 1 inch bolts in place of the dowels.
Remove and discard the compressor clutch plate bolt.
Use the J 37872 to hold the compressor clutch plate from turning.
Remove the compressor clutch plate from the compressor.
Remove the compressor pulley snap ring using the J 6083
Remove the compressor pulley from the compressor.
Remove the compressor clutch coil snap ring using the J 6083 .
Remove the compressor clutch coil from the compressor.
google J 37872 - to see tool !

Jan 31, 2016 | 2006 Chevrolet Chevrolet Impala LT

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Is it possible to get to the A/C compressor clutch without taking the compressor off of the engine?

You can do that with special tools.

Oct 26, 2015 | 2005 Ford F-150

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How to change the a/c compressor clutch?

changing the clutch does not require flushing system. only time system is flushed is when compressor goes bad but you are doing just the clutch. how much more for compressor and are you sure compressor is good? why did clutch go bad? most clutches go bad due to bad compressor, they burn out ,unless it just shorted and wont engage.

Jun 29, 2013 | 2002 Ford Mustang

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It could very well be the compressor or the compressor clutch. There are variations in the clutch which make a difference in whether you can change the clutch without replacing the compressor.
The A/C compressor has bearings and they require oil in the Freon to lube them and the other moving compressor parts.
The oil is added in the Freon Low pressure port and the oil is available separately or mixed with Freon. There are different weights of this oil just like motor oil and you should use the correct type for your Brand.
There is a small chance that oil will solve the noise problem.
The thing is that you have a sealed system, and if you need oil, the original oil leaked out. You may think that this will be a Summer only problem, but the Compressor is made to turn on with the Defroster function above a certain temperature.
You add the oil just as Freon. If you watch the compressor clutch operate, if the noise is present full-time without the compressor engaged, then the clutch may be the only problem with the A/C. If the clutch engages and the noise then starts, it is likely the compressor.
As I earlier indicated, the A/C clutch may attach different ways. Left hand threads, snap rings, and some may require a pulley puller. Lack of room may require lowering the compressor while still connected to Freon lines in order to use a puller.
So look at the operation of the A/C clutch. When the front clutch plate spins, it is driving the compressor. If the compressor is noisy, then add oil. It may solve the problem.

May 25, 2013 | 2002 Ford Taurus

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Im trying to replace the ac clutch on an 04 mustang. i have the clip off but the clutch won't slide off. help please

Clutch and Clutch Field Coil adobe.gif Printable View (235 KB)
Special Tool(s) st1260a.jpg 2-Jaw Puller
205-D026 (D80L-1002-L) or equivalent st1232a.jpg Installer, A/C Compressor Coil
412-065 (T89P-19623-EH) st1235a.jpg Holding Fixture, Compressor Clutch (3.8L vehicles)
412-098 (T94P-19703-AH) st2584a.jpg Holding Fixture, Compressor Clutch (4.6L vehicles)
412-103 (T95L-19703-AH) st1220a.jpg Remover, Differential Bearing
205-116 (T77F-4220-B1) st1234a.jpg Installer, A/C Compressor Field Coil
412-078 (T91L-19623-CH) st1233a.jpg Remover, A/C Compressor Field Coil
412-067 (T89P-19623-FH) Removal
  1. Remove the A/C compressor (19703). For additional information, refer to Air Conditioning (A/C) Compressor - 3.8L or Air Conditioning (A/C) Compressor - 4.6L in this section.
  1. Remove the bolt.
    1. Hold the A/C disc and hub assembly (19D786) with the special tool.
    1. Remove the bolt.
  1. Remove the A/C disc and hub assembly and the A/C clutch hub spacer (19D648).
    1. Thread an 8 x 1.25 mm bolt into the A/C clutch to force it from the compressor shaft.
    1. Lift the A/C disc and hub assembly and the A/C clutch hub spacer from the compressor shaft.
  1. Remove the pulley snap ring.
  1. Remove the A/C clutch pulley (2E884).
  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: Do not use air tools. The A/C clutch field coil (19D798) can be easily damaged.
    Remove the A/C clutch field coil.
    1. Note the location of the A/C clutch field coil electrical connector.
    1. Install the special tool on the nose opening of the A/C compressor.
    1. Install the special tool.
    1. Remove the A/C clutch field coil.
  1. NOTE: If installing a new A/C compressor, the A/C clutch components should be reused unless obvious signs of damage are found. If excessive grooving is found, a new A/C clutch disc and hub and A/C compressor pulley must be installed together. Otherwise, each component can be installed individually where needed.
    Visually inspect the A/C clutch disc and hub, A/C compressor pulley and A/C clutch field coil for damage.
    • Inspect for physical damage, including cracked or melted components or discoloration due to excessive heat.
    • Inspect for excessive wear, including grooving in the A/C clutch disc and hub or A/C compressor pulley that is more than fingernail depth.
    • Inspect for roughness in the A/C compressor pulley bearing.
  1. Clean the A/C disc and field coil and pulley mounting surfaces.
  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: Do not use air tools. The A/C clutch field coil can be easily damaged.
    Install the A/C clutch field coil.
    1. Place the A/C clutch field coil on the A/C compressor with the A/C clutch field coil electrical connector correctly positioned.
    1. Using the special tools, install the A/C field coil.
  1. NOTE: The A/C clutch pulley is a tight fit on the A/C compressor head. It must be correctly aligned during installation.
    Install the A/C clutch pulley.
  1. Install the pulley snap ring with the bevel side out.
  1. Place one nominal thickness A/C clutch hub spacer inside the clutch hub spline opening.
  1. Install the A/C clutch.
  1. Using the special tool, install the A/C disc and hub assembly retaining bolt.
  1. Measure and adjust the clutch air gap by removing or adding A/C clutch hub spacers.
  1. Install the A/C compressor. For additional information, refer to Air Conditioning (A/C) Compressor - 3.8L or Air Conditioning (A/C) Compressor - 4.6L in this section.
hope this helps

Aug 13, 2011 | 2004 Ford Mustang

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Replacing AC clutch....did not ask if it should be done...asked how to do it. Answer the question that was asked!

Hi:) For Ford Compressor Clutch Removel

Step 1

Locate and remove the compressor clutch retaining bolt. Looking at the compressor clutch you will see a bolt in the center and three bolts along the outer edge. The center bolt is the retaining bolt. The three bolts around the edge of the clutch can only be accessed after removing the clutch, and are only relevant in clutch repair situations. To remove the retaining bolt you need to maintain the clutch position and relieve pressure from bolt head by applying the compressor clutch holding tool with your other hand, or have an assistant hold the tool in place. Do not lose the retaining bolt in case you need to reference it later.

Step 2

Separate and remove the clutch from the shaft of the compressor. Once the retaining bolt is removed, as described in Step 1, simply pry the clutch away from the mounting surface using your hands. If the clutch is a little difficult to remove due to damage or decay then try using a screwdriver to lightly pry the rear side of the clutch away. Spray the area with an auto lubricant and allow it to sit overnight if needed. While removing the clutch do not lose clutch spacers.

Step 3

Pull the snap ring from the clutch pulley using your snap ring pliers. You will now be able to remove the clutch pulley from the compressor. While everything is apart, and before installing your new compressor clutch, clean the area to remove dust or grime.

Reverse steps to install.

Mar 05, 2011 | 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis

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A/C compressor has a some bad , bearings. You can hear grinding noises as the car engine is running. Firestone told me that we had to replace the compressor before it siezes up & burns up the main...

You can try and disconnect the Electric lead to the compressor. If it is the clutch bearing that is bad it will not help for long. It will just take pressure off the shaft.

If your compressor clutch bearing is good, then disconnecting the compressor is a viable idea. The internal parts of the compressor are turned by the shaft and if the shaft is not turning, everything will be fine. But if the compressor clutch bearing is the part making noise (the part in front which clicks on and off) it will still turn and eventually seize.

There are a few things you can do. If you find that the compressor clutch bearing is the noisy part, check with Autozone or Oreiilys or Advance about tool loaners and what you would need to do to switch just the compressor clutch. This would allow you to do what you wanted to do in the first place and having a good bearing on the A/C clutch is mandatory.

Or instead of buying a new compressor clutch, having to borrow tools, and installing a good clutch on a bad compressor just to get it to freewheel its a lot of work. You could spend your money on a used compressor complete with a clutch on it at a Salvage yard. Then you could do a bolt-on replacement and have the Freon serviced later when you have more money. You would be starting out ahead with the different compressor and only need a part called a DRYER which an A/C place should replace anyway.

Either way you do it, it is mandatory that the compressor clutch bearing be okay. I hope that my solutions are very helpful in giving you a few options to try.

Feb 27, 2011 | 2003 Mercury Sable

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2000 ford taurus ac question: air conditoner works for a short time and starts to blow warm air. This is when the temperature reads hot on the temperature gauge. This occurred on a freeway with the outside...

your electric a/c clutch is wearing out. You have to remove compressor to replace the a/c clutch mounted on the compressor.

If you can get someone to shim it out a little bit, it would work ok. Call a few indpenedent shops and ask if they can shim it and how much it would cost.

Just say, I need to have the clutch on my a/c compressor shimmed so my a/c clutch clamps tighter. 2000 Taurus. How much to do that?

I would guess $100 max.

Otherwise, you need to have clutch & field coil assembly replaced. Around $300 - $350.

Here is a picture of the compressor with clutch mounted on front.

A/C Compressor and Clutch Assembly
FS-10 A/C Compressor
A/C Compressor Clutch Assembly


Apr 22, 2009 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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Noise from A/C Compressor

Yes, look for an aircon technician that can swap a/c compressor clutch without removing the compressor from the bracket. if your lucky enough there are technicians who can do it without even leaking or discharging the gas from your aircon system

Nov 24, 2008 | 2003 Nissan Altima

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