Noisy airconditioner bearing

Submitted: Monday, May 02, 2005 at 22:43
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Has anybody ever replaced the front pulley bearings on an airconditioning compressor?
Is it a waste of time and money (WOFTAM) or is it a simple task?? (Been driving through a bit too much deep muddy water) And no its not the tensioner pulley bearing :-(

Thanks in advance
Nick
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Reply By: Bilbo - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 22:49

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 22:49
Never had to replace the bearings, but I do know that removing the air con compressor on a GQ Nissan is a bitch. BUT replacing it - is real BITCH!!!

Especially in 44C heat on the side of the track around Laverton, WA in summer!!

It nearly killed me from heat exhaustion.

Bilbo
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 22:55

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 22:55
On what sort of car?
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 23:03

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 23:03
He said a GQ but under the conditions he describes it could be anything. I never want to do any job on any car in 44C heat on the side of the track near Laverton.
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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 23:44

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 23:44
Truckman,
Flashnick who posted never mentioned what vehicle, Bilbo was the one who mentioned GQ, haven't got a clue. The bearings crapped out on mine I cut the belt and wound the windows down until I could get to civilisation, if I remember right the air con belt is the inner most one I think.
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Follow Up By: flashnick - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 09:17

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 09:17
Yeah - GQ - good guess. Didnt think it mattered much what vehicle - seeems none of em are much fun to do - just wondering if it was worth replacing the bearing - then I was going to worry about how to get at it.

Thanks guys
Nick
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Reply By: gqpat - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 07:38

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 07:38
If it is a GQ just did mine recently 1 radiator shroud or better still radiator 2 there are 3 6mm threads in front pulley attach a pully remover remove 10mm head nut in middle first pull off front cover plate the pulley it self will remain on compressor then remove circlip from behind this plate ,then the pulley itself should come off by hand then just knock out bearing and refit
Was quoted anywhere from $48-78 for bearing so shop around whole process should take 1-1.5 hrs and you dont need to remove compressor...
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Reply By: Rigor - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 07:55

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 07:55
Did mine on a Jackaroo , reasonably easy , undo the compressor and (not the hoses) which will enable you to access the pulley , once the pulley is off the rest is a piece of cake . Don't know about access on the Nissan though .
good luck

Dave L.
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 14:23

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 14:23
Hi Dave,

Which Jack is yours again? I had to get the one on mine done last year, and it wasn't very easy.

Cheers... Savvas
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Reply By: flashnick - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 09:22

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 09:22
Great stuff
Thanks everybody -
Sounds like a four stubbie job. - thats not too bad

cheers
Nick
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 09:53

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 09:53
Just wait till you get stuck into that circlip you cant even see-
use a mirror and if you havent got a set of circlip pliers that do in and out, go grab a pair- they will save an hour or two of cursing.
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