Question about 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
My car stopped running and I had it towed to the shop. They said that the a/c compressor seized up and that it would cost $1277 to repair. I asked if they could remove the bypass pulley and use shorter belts and they said that my make and model of car doesn't have one. Is that correct, because I just pulled the part up from a parts warehouse and it costs $43.95.
Just fit the compressor you got for $43. 95. if the belts you have are ok just refit and adjust it.
Posted on Dec 30, 2013
Shysters... they also should have a compressor delete pulley so you dont have to use a shorter belt. did the compressor seize up or the compressor clutch bearing seize up ??? two different parts and repairs... they're trying to sell you a complete ac job when a new clutch will probably fix your problem... or if you're a gambling man, you might even change the bearing in the clutch assy yourself :-)
find another honest shop and let them know you're not happy for them lying to you and you will report them to the BBB
oh, I've had multiple gm vehicles in the same body class with the same drive train... I do know what I am typing... being an ASE tech helps as well :-)
Posted on Dec 30, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Posted on Oct 31, 2009
On most cars you can. But first take a string and rout it around all the pullys excludeing the compressor pully. To make shure the path is cler. Then mesure the length of the string to order your shorter belt.
Posted on Jul 19, 2010
SOURCE: seized A/C compressor
The cause of this is that the roller bearing that the AC compressor pulley turns on is frozen up, the bearing can be replaced but you will need to buy the pulley assembly to get the bearing and you will need a special puller to remove the pressed on pulley. As far as finding a proper belt size to bypass the compressor that is nearly impossible to do, you may get the measurements right but in most cases the belt size you need will not be available, When the factory builds a car or truck with "AC Delete" they install a bypass pulley and the same belt is used for both with and without AC. The cost to replace the bearing is low, and that would be the by far the easiest thing to do here. You can buy the AC tool you need online, just google the year and make.
Posted on Dec 27, 2011
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