Can the clutch on my 2002 jeep liberty air conditioner be replaced without replacing the entire unit?
Hello and welcome to just answer Jeep. Yes it can. There is a clutch and coil package available from the dealer and possibly an after market clutch/coil package available from auto parts stores. Here is some info on that for you. Hope this helps, and let me know if you need more assistance with this.
The refrigerant system can remain fully-charged during compressor clutch, rotor, or coil replacement. The compressor clutch can be serviced in the vehicle.
CAUTION: DO NOT APPLY FORCE TO THE END OF THE COMPRESSOR SHAFT.
CAUTION: If the snap ring is not fully seated in the groove it will vibrate out, resulting in a clutch failure and severe damage to the front housing of the compressor.
NOTE: The air gap is determined by the spacer shims. When installing an original, or a new clutch assembly, try the original shims first. When installing a new clutch onto a compressor that previously did not have a clutch, use a 1.0, 0.50, and 0.13 millimeter (0.040, 0.020, and 0.005 inch) shims from the new clutch hardware package that is provided with the new clutch.
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