[Vwdiesel] AC mounting ear

Scott Alexander 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  
keeps working.

Since the weather is finally warming up, I'd like to get this  
repaired and back on the road.


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