[Vwdiesel] AC mounting ear
salex at dsl.cis.upenn.edu
Sat Apr 14 11:37:04 EDT 2007
All this discussion of removing the AC brings up a question I have.
The mounting ear on my compressor broke off. Does anyone have
suggestions on how to repair this. (This AC works nicely, so I'd
rather not toss the system.) This is for an '82 Rabbit D.
On a tangent, it took me a little while to figure out what was going
on as I was diagnosing from the wrong end. The symptom I'd noticed
was that, particularly on rainy days, sometimes the power steering
would understeer for the first part of a turn, then "catch up".
Needless to say, that was a bit disconcerting. After checking the
usual things like tire pressure, I finally noticed that the power
steering belt was loose. Only during the course of getting ready to
tighten it up did I finally notice that the AC compressor was moving
around and find the problem. I never did determine if the wet
problem was related to running the AC as part of the defrost cycle or
reducing the friction on the belt with a bit of splash from puddles,
I'm not thrilled with a design where AC failure limits the
drivability of the car. Given that they did that, it's nice that
gravity seems to hold things in place well enough that the alternator
Since the weather is finally warming up, I'd like to get this
repaired and back on the road.
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