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How to correct PS belt with AC compressor removed

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Panther, May 9, 2003.

  1. Panther

    Panther 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys. I did a search on this and didn't really come up with a solution, just acknowledgement that it was a problem.

    My 73 Jimmy originally had AC and the PO removed the compressor. My PS belt slips and squeals at idle/low RPMs when trying to turn, and the belt seems fine. I'm going to replace it anyway, but it seems the PS belt slipping is a problem without the extra load from the compressor.

    I have no interest in AC, so I'm not going to replace the compressor. In the "near" future I'll be putting a York in that place, but I need it fixed in the meantime. Should a new belt hold up for a while, should I tighten the belt past the original spec, or is there a good way to fix this? Thanks!!
     
  2. bajaviking

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    I have been driving without mine for about 2 years without problems. Removing the AC belt should not affect the PS belt as long as it is in good condition and adjusted correctly. Try a new belt, drive it for 30 minutes and then retighten it.
     
  3. bigmack

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    I agree, you might try to tighten the belt first before replacing it. It may just be out of adjustment.
     
  4. georgiared84

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    I had the same problem when I had my ac unhooked. Got it going again now and it does a lot better. Even with the belt almost stretched as far as you can, the one belt seems to squeal with big tires. Can you run a second short belt right next to the ps belt and just bipass the ac? I'd have to look under my hood to see if anythinf else is in the way.
     

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