Many auto repairs seem impossible when a frustrating bolt appears in the middle of a job, or another unexpected obstacle tries to thwart your efforts to repair avoid an expensive repair bill. The A/C Compressor in Ford vehicles has been this obstacle to many fix-it-yourself car owners before. Removing the A/C compressor clutch in your Ford vehicle is easier than it sounds, however. With just a few tools and about 30 minutes time you can have the A/C Compressor out of your Ford, and be on your way to finishing your project.
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Things you need
- Socket set (3 to 15mm)
- Torque wrench (1/4-inch drive)
- Snap ring pliers
- Compressor clutch holding tool
Locate and remove the compressor clutch retaining bolt. Looking at the compressor clutch you will see a bolt in the centre and three bolts along the outer edge. The centre bolt is the retaining bolt. The three bolts around the edge of the clutch can only be accessed after removing the clutch, and are only relevant in clutch repair situations. To remove the retaining bolt you need to maintain the clutch position and relieve pressure from bolt head by applying the compressor clutch holding tool with your other hand, or have an assistant hold the tool in place. Do not lose the retaining bolt in case you need to reference it later.
Separate and remove the clutch from the shaft of the compressor. Once the retaining bolt is removed, as described in Step 1, simply pry the clutch away from the mounting surface using your hands. If the clutch is a little difficult to remove due to damage or decay then try using a screwdriver to lightly pry the rear side of the clutch away. Spray the area with an auto lubricant and allow it to sit overnight if needed. While removing the clutch do not lose clutch spacers.
Pull the snap ring from the clutch pulley using your snap ring pliers. You will now be able to remove the clutch pulley from the compressor. While everything is apart, and before installing your new compressor clutch, clean the area to remove dust or grime.
Tips and warnings
- Keep track of all removed parts. Do not discard old parts until new ones are installed and working correctly. This will help to ensure you purchase the correct replacement parts, as you can do a visual comparison of old and new parts in between installation and removal. Many auto parts stores will provide special tools on a rental basis. Check your local parts store before purchasing a tool you will likely need only once.
- Do not use incorrect tools, as this may warp bolts and cost more money in the long run.
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