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A/C Accesory belt... do I need it if I don't use A/C???
MykeTTC87 Offline
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#1
Well, I just wanted to know if I needed and AC accesories belt if I don't even have the AC charged. Will there be any adverse effects if I keep it off? Or will it help my car out at all? Or will it just do nothing either way? Let me know. Thanks.

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1987tc Offline
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#2
It wont hurt anything to not run it. Just one less thing in the way.
I have the belt off on my 87tc right now. And I have had it off for a while .
When and if you go to charge the ac system you might want to do something about turning the compressor pully over a little bit to circulate the oil in the compressor. Might not be a big deal if you don't but that is the only possible negative that comes to mind.
Wes
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philS Offline
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#3
I removed my A/C years ago, along with the belt. If you don't use the A/C compressor, but just leave it spinning via the belt, that's fine. But no point really. Unless you plan on recharging the system later, and you don't want the compressor to freeze up for some reason by not turning at all.

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Fox ThunderCats Offline
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#4
Jeez, here's you guys takin' the A/C out, and here's me spending $400 CDN on a new condenser, lines, and refrigerant in my '88 5.0 'Bird! Without my A/C I'd be lost!

philS: Got any pics of that Austin mini van? I love those things... (and the mini pickups)

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Kev Offline
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#5
It should slightly help your performance since that's one less thing that the engine has to move.
Kev
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Fox ThunderCats Offline
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#6
Kev: That may be true, but if I wanted all-out performance I wouldn't have bought a 3500-lb car. Gimme luxury first, performance later.

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Jeff K Offline
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#7
Quote:Originally posted by Fox ThunderCats:
Jeez, here's you guys takin' the A/C out, and here's me spending $400 CDN on a new condenser, lines, and refrigerant in my '88 5.0 'Bird! Without my A/C I'd be lost!



I agree.... I would not drive a car without A/C. If I have A/C problems in any of may cars, that repair moves right tothe top of the repair list.

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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 02 Taurus Vulcan(wifes car)
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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
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philS Offline
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I know, sounds strange, but I was a student at the time, at school where it was hot for 3 weeks out of the year, so I just pulled out all the A/C stuff.

Sam, right now it's only the shell, but I just picked up a barely used LS-1 to go in the back with a 911 5-speed. The complete stock van, minus the engine and trans, is only 950 pounds [Image: laugh.gif]
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