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    Greetings all,
    My 88 5.0 cougar has a squealing noise coming from the AC compressor. It does not make the noise when the A/C clutch is engaged (spinning) The A/C works fine but this noise can't be good, or cheap. Can someone please advise a solution? Can I replace the belt with the one that is "sans A/C" Thanks

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    I'd guess it's the bearings in the clutch. The bearings are only in use when the A/C compressor is off. When it's on the bearings inside the compressor that carry the load.
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    Yea I replaced the idler bearing on my AC compressor a couple of years ago... Had to get it from a bearing supplier(or order it from Ford), was about $30...






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    Thanks Thunder Chicken and Turbo Coupe 50. Does this job require any special tools? The drawing looks like the pto for my tractor, so I'll give it a try. Hate to try to make it through a Texas summer w/o a/c. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by texcat
    Hate to try to make it through a Texas summer w/o a/c.
    Gotta have our A/C down south here.

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    Even I say "gotta have my AC" way up here. I guess I don;t know what I'm talking about compared to y'all down south.

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    Naah, I'm sure plenty of people up north feel the same way about A/C as we do. Just seems like it's optional to a bigger percentage of ya up there. No need to get touchy about it.

    When my fiance moved down here from Chicago, she said 78 was a pretty warm day to her.. but 78 is what we keep the house A/C set to most of the day. At first it might've been a little uncomfortable for her, but now she's used to it. It's just getting used to a different scale of temperature. Anything under 60 degrees is cold to me, but I'm guessing most of you would laugh at that sentiment.

    I probably put my heater on at temperatures that you guys would laugh off, and you probably put your A/C on at temperatures I'd laugh off. I guess A/C would seem as odd to me up there as a heater down here would seem to you. But if we both use 'em, no big deal.

    Next-day edit: Come to think of it, why am I playing peacemaker over something as trivial as a statement about the weather? If you have an issue with it, that's your problem.
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    I keep my room around 50 in the winter and around 60 in the summer. I cant sleep if I am all sweaty. I block off the heater vent in the winter. I dunno if I can keep my "new" room that cold in the summer now. Before I lived in the basement, and we had central air and a swamp cooler. It would be 80 or so upstairs and 60 or so downstairs in the summer.
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    I keep this window A/C on 75 all the time, and the central A/C is on one of those programmable thermostats.. 78 during mid-day, then it drops to 77 for morning/afternoon, and 76 at night.

    Tried running the car A/C yesterday.. on max A/C and one notch up from minimum on the fan, it cooled decently.. but I can tell it needs a recharge. I'm wondering if a guy I know from high school who owns a car repair shop would take a couple of A/C gauge sets in trade for some A/C work on my daily. I gotta do something before the worst of summer arrives. (only in the mid-80s now.. add another 10-15 degrees to that)

    Gotta replace that alternator, too.. running the A/C fan damn near killed the battery yesterday. Not generally a good sign to me when I put the 2A/6A charger on and it reads over 2A on that setting.

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    You will need the A/c clutch remover installer tool. It is preesed on like the PS pump pully. only this one the puller threads into the front of the clutch. then you turn the center bolt to remove the pully. I haven't done it but i've seen it done. Looks like fun. LOL

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