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When i spin the pully on the air conditioning compressor it is not smooth,it sounds like the bearings are dry.is there anyway to fix this.thank you for any help you can pass my way.

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I believe you are turning the clutch on the compressor without it engaged. The clutch has what are like brake shoes inside the pulley and they would probably give you that dry sound when they are lightly dragging on the inside of the pulley

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Intersting description, I do not understand the "fast enough" part.

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