Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My ac went out can I bypass the ac pulley with a shorter belt

asked by on

My AC sized up and I would like to bypass the AC pulley with a shorter belt can this been done?
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Yes, this is possible. However, unless it w...

Yes, this is possible. However, unless it was the AC compressor clutch and pulley which failed, bypassing the AC pulley is unnecessary. Simply disconnect the wire to the AC compressor clutch and that should do the trick. The AC clutch spins on an idler bearing most of the time anyway, so disabling the ability to "engage" the AC clutch by removing the trigger wire accomplishes your goal. Drive on - if just a bit warmer!

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: There is something wrong with the central lock system and when I shift in gear its not indicated and an alert sound is heard.

Hi there. The shifter is designed to make a charm when the shifter is not engaged properly. Check the lock button on the shifter and make sure that its unlocking as the shifter is moved. Also, step on the brake...

Q: Clutch slave cylinder

Hi, thanks for writing in. If your slave cylinder is leaking in this vehicle, I would not recommend driving it at all. It is very likely that within just a few applications of the clutch, you could lose all of...

Q: Dashlights and other lights out

Sounds like you might be having an issue with the light switch. Headlight switches control both external lighting as well as some internal lights like the dash and radio. If the switch goes bad, it might not power these components....

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...