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Is there anyway to bypass the a/c pulley when putting on a serpentine belt on a 1997 pontiac bonneville SE. Compressor is locked up and want to just bypass it.

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I don't know of a practical way to get around this problem. If just the bearing inside of the clutch pulley is bad [which would first be noisy then might lock up and burn off the belt] then you may be able to have just that bearing replaced so your belt will work again. I've replaced several of these bearings over the years...they are pressed in place and do require a bit of skill and a good press to replace. Sometimes though the bearing will go bad and damaged the nose of the compressor badly enough that the only fix is to replace the compressor. The only real way to tell is to examine it all once the clutch pulley has been removed from the compressor. Hope this helps a bit!

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There is a tensioner pulley attached to an arm.
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0900c152800b19a9.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 8: You can use a box-end wrench on the pulley nut to rotate the tensioner ...


0900c152800b19aa.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 9: ... then remove the belt from the pulleys


0900c152800b19ab.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 10: Serpentine drive belt routing and removal - 3.8L (VIN L) engine shown, VIN C similar


0900c152800b19ac.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 11: Make sure to note the drive belt routing prior to removing it - 3.8L (VIN K) engine shown


0900c152800b19ad.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 12: Drive belt removal on a 1992-95 supercharged engine
To install:
Be sure the belt is aligned into the proper grooves of the accessory drive pulleys.
  1. Lift the tensioner, and install the belt onto pulleys. Make sure the belt is routed properly.



0900c152800b19ae.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 13: Many vehicles have a label you can check to be sure the belt is installed and routed correctly
  1. For 1996-99 vehicles, raise and safely support the vehicle. Install the engine mounting bracket lower spacer, stud and nut.
  2. For 1996-99 supercharged engines, perform the following:
    1. Attach the connector to the crank sensor.
    2. Install the right-hand splash shield, then carefully lower the vehicle.

  3. Install the belt guard or reservoir.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.

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