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Is it possible to bypass the AC compressor pulley with a

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different length engine belt, rather...
Is it possible to bypass the AC compressor pulley with a different length engine belt, rather than change out the AC system? The bearings on the AC pulley have failed and to repair the AC for that car is cost prohibitive.
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Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago
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Yes you can get a shorter belt to bypass the ac compressor without any problems. There is not a specific belt for this setup so you will need to measure it yourself and then get the correct size belt, you can use a piece of string to measure. Let me know if you have more questions. Thanks.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Could you please send me more detail, like a diagram identifying the pulleys involved. Thanks
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/4cy9fbi7g4v37t7/belt.PNG?dl=0

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Here is a diagram, the red line is the route the new belt will take. Let me know if you have more questions. Thanks.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
That's very helpful. Can you please identify the pulleys located just before and just after the AC compressor pulley, moving in a clockwise direction? Thanks
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago

The pulley on engine before the AC compressor is the crank pulley. The pulley after the ac compressor is the idler pulley, then to power steering pump, then to tensioner, and back to crank pulley.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Gotchya! Thanks. Are there specific features such as groves that must be present in the replacement belt? How would you go about finding the replacement belt?
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago
If you go to parts store with measurement they should be able to find the belt that is supposed to fit on your vehicle then find you the same style in correct length. Let me know if you have more questions ,thanks.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok, thanks! Just to make sure I've got it right, the biggest pulley that's at the top is the tensioner pulley then down below that is a pulley I don't have a name for, then the crank, then the AC, then the idler, then power steering?
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago
I updated diagram and labeled everything, check link again. Thanks.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Perfect!
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is the diagram for the S60 the same?
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago

No, do you have a S60?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
does that change your answer?
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/3gsgd8wnr3wto4u/s60.PNG?dl=0

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You can still bypass compressor and you still need to measure belt. You will also need to remove compressor pulley as it will be in the way. Here is a diagram for you.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok, great. Is it possible to remove the whole compressor without having to remove the whole compressor?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Meant to say remove pulley without removing the whole compressor
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago

You should be able to, I haven't tried it myself. As long as there is enough room to slide it off you will be ok. Thy do have cheap compressors you can buy remanufactured or used on ebay too as another alternative to bypassing. Let me know if you have more questions. Thanks.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thanks!
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago

No problem, keep me updated. Thanks again and have a great day.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Will do........you too
Volvo Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 2 years ago

Thanks.

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