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Can i replace just the clutch or do I have to replace the whole compressor

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The clutch itself is replaceable fairly easily, you will need some snap ring pliars, a hub removal tool, and some patience. the parts and tools are available at most any local parts house, the new clutch should come with instructions, if not a repair manual is around 20 dollars

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Hi, yes you can replace just he clutch on these compressors it can be done on the car. Be sure to set the air gap correctly and stay cool.

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