AC-clutch lining thickness? [was: What's hangin' outa the front of
my A/C compressor?]
sscalmanini at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 10 20:25:11 EDT 2004
Does anyone know the thickness of a new AC clutch lining and what kind of
friction material it is?
Turns out my AC problem was the bolt that holds the clutch plate onto
the end of the shaft fell off so the friction plate slipped off the end.
(Never heard that on the list before.) It must've worked it's way loose
after 95K miles.
The clutch plate is so thin after all those miles that it's barely above
the rivets that hole it on, so I figure to reline it rather than only put
on a new bolt and washer and pray. I need to know what thickness to make
the new lining, however. The thinnest material carried by the one friction
shop I talked to is 1/8 inch. I have no idea how that compares to a new
FWIW, the entire clutch plate (i.e. friction material riveted to a hub)
is not available as a replacement part (that SJM or Parts Connection Rod
or a dealer knows about). A new clutch assy is $500 from a dealer and
~1/4 that aftermarket but it's not the same part (larger pulley) so that
makes me reluctant to use one.
Any other advice would be appreciated.
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