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The Ac does not work but now the pulley is starting to lock up and it is going to burn the belt up so i thought i might just put a shorter belt on and bypass AC all together. Can you tell me how

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Sure ask a parts supply store for abelt and diagram for a car without ac

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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Advanced Auto here in MN sells just an idler pully that you put in place of the ac compressor for about 35 bucks.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

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Better to do is replace the ac unit, i know its going to be more expensive but rather that then risk a shorter belt

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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