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AC Clutch in Buick Lesabre

Ok, first thanks to everyone who helped me though this to this point. Th last problem I have is....if I start the car and turn the ac on...I can ''push'' on the AC clutch with a closet rod and the thing will engage. As soon as I turn the car off or ac off it disengages like normal. However if I turn the AC back on, I have to manually push the clutch to the pully. When contact is made, it will hold. I measured the air gap and it is at .120'' to .130''. This is extremely high considering the air gap should ideally be betweent .020 and .030. Thus the problem that the magnet is not strong enough to ''grab'' the clutch and engage it on its own. My question is, how exactly on a 96 LeSabre do you adjust the clutch to the proper airgap? The clutch itself looks fairly good..not real worn down. Thanks.

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  • Shadow1989 Feb 20, 2010

    Found out my clutch was good, just the tension bars going from the middle of the clutch to the pads were bent. I did the old screwdriver and hammer trick and bent them back into their proper place. AC works like a charm!

  • Shadow1989 Feb 21, 2010

    I hardly see that it is necessary to replace a clutch when it is only a few years old. I talked to the previous owner and he said that he bent the clutch by accident trying to take off the old pulley to replace it as it was squeaking. Come to find out, the squeaking was cured by belt dressing. BTW, it is so easy to tell someone to replace something when you are not the one that has to shell out $400 to do so. I say if it is not broke, don't fix it. After all, this is fixya, not replaceya.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    that is not a proper way to fix this, replace it.

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Rent the clutch tool from the parts house. Then remove the nut in the center of the clutch. It should have a washer as well. Set these aside and install the clutch removal tool per directions in the box. Remove the front hub with tool and be very careful so you don't drop the small group of flat washers that are inside. It is these washers that determine the space in the clutch gap. Simply add or remove washers to adjust the gap. Once the gap is set then re-assemble and test. Hope this helps get you cool again. Good luck. If you feel that this solution has answered you question then please rate this solution. Thanks cj2176.

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