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87 5ks A/C Compressor Clutch
I was driving my wife's 87 5ks on Saturday (with A/C on high), when smoke
started coming from under the hood. After pulling over I noticed that the
A/C compressor was locked, and the belt was smoking around it. I turned
the A/C off, and sweated home (115 degrees in Phoenix). When I got home, I
got a better look, and found that a piece of black plastic had made contact
with the compressor, and stopped its movement. The plastic melted and
found its way all through the clutch assembly. The clutch is still
functional, and lets the belt turn it freely, however it is not turning the
compressor, as the air is not cold.
Can I change out the clutch assembly without discharging the system? My
understanding is that the clutch is sold separately. Has anyone else had
this happen to them. If not, beware of any loose plastic around the
compressor, its a killer.