If your A/C compressor fails, or A/C clutch/pulley breaks, the A/C pulley will freeze...and your serpentine belt will break, your car will be un-drivable.
If you are out on the road and need a quick repair, you can bypass the A/C pulley with a shorter serpentine belt. Below is a pic of the altered belt path, and the belt part # from Autozone. Only tools you will need are a 3/8" drive and 10mm socket...the 10mm to undue the tension pulley unit to slip the belt behind and underneath the pulley, and the 3/8" drive to take up the slack on the tension arm to position the belt (the tension pulley arm has a 3/8" drive hole).
For $13, this might be cheap insurance to carry this in the trunk if you have a high mileage car and it breaks while out in the middle of no-where. It takes less than 5 minutes to repair and get you running again.
"Cricky, He's a Mad Dog Lead Foot Speed Demon, a Regular HOON!"
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: BULLITT3230 on 2004-06-15 15:39 ]</font>
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