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Old 07-27-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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I have a MY97 Legacy GT. The bearing in the pulley is whinning and aout to go out. I was told by the dealer that the pulley is not replaceable and I need a new compressor which cost over $700 dollars. Has anybody replaced the pulley?
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:14 AM   #2
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does it whine all the time? if not, it could be the tensioner i beleive.. that is the problem on my bros 95 legacy... he has to get around to fixing it still though
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HIHO, wow, long time no hear from. Good to see you post again.

Its the bearing in the A/C clutch?

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Yeah it's been a while. Yes the bearing in the magnetic clutch assy is going out. I think I found the part on Suparu Parts. I just need to know how to remove the clutch. Does anyone have a manual that shows?
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My Haynes manual just shows the complete compresser swap. IIRC it usually involves some specialized tools to get the clutch off most newer vehicles. I would call a reputable A/C-only shop and see if they've done the swap. If you can buy the part seperately, it seems like it should be doable though, dont know why the dealer said they need to swap the whole thing.

You have to get the air gap correct(by shimming IIRC) on the clutch or it can stay closed and burn out the compresser or the clutch wont engage correctly and it will wear out prematurely. I am pretty handy with tools but I think I'd probably let a shop do the swap. It would suck to do the work then have to replace it again or the compressor a couple of months down the road.

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Old 07-28-2005, 01:20 PM   #6
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I tried pulling the clutch off with a puller, and it wasn't budging. It does require special tools.

The bearing itself for the clutch is more then likely going to be integrated in the AC compressor. So just swapping clutches really isn't going to help.

I'd recommend finding a used compressor, or get your current compressor rebuilt. I checked into having mine rebuilt, and it was around 300 bucks. If you're interested in that route, I can probably dig up the link to the place I called.

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I can get a new one at Advanced for $298. That sucks.
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