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Old 08-02-2003, 09:03 AM   #1
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2014 CrossTrek XV

Default AC Compressor Removal on '96 OB

I'm in the middle of replacing the AC compressor on my '96 Legacy OB, and am interested in knowing if there is any easier way to put the replacement compressor back in the car. The difficulty in removing the original compressor was because the lower two (2) mounting bolts are very difficult to access, and required a permutation of every sundry socket driver accessory I owned. I don't want to repeat that performance, and doubt I'd even be able to get the bolts sufficiently tight.

I noticed that both the compressor and the alternator are bolted to an aluminum sub-chassis, or frame, and I am wondering if it would be easier to remove the alternator, then the frame, attach the compressor to the frame, and install the frame, along with the compressor back in the car? Looks like at least one of the bolts holding the frame to the car are equally difficult to access, though.

Any thoughts or experience? Thanks!
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