Re: 1989 240, power steering kaput
Michael Pardee wrote:
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> > James Sweet wrote:
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> >> > Heppened instantaneously and quietly yesterday between one
> > and
> >> > the next; quick look under the hood shows plenty of fluid, but
> >> > belt/pulley isn't turning. Can the pump have frozen up while
> > driving???
> >> >
> >> Did the clutch on your AC compressor sieze up or the belt fall off
> > that? If
> >> the belt on the PS pump is intact but not turning and the pully
> > driving it
> >> was turning you'd certainly know it by the screeching and smoke
> > billowing.
> > Yow! You're right, sort of; it is indeed the AC compressor pulley
> > that's stationary. The drive belt to it is cruising around just
> > though, no squealing or smoke! What a pain. I religiously fire up
> > AC once a week or so, even in the winter, just to prevent this sort
> > nonsense.
> > Is it likely to be just the clutch, or does it need a new
> > (Yike yike yike)
> It's the clutch, specifically the bearing under the clutch (normally
> the clutch when it is replaced, but I had a Dodge with a NipponDenso
> compressor where it was a separate part.) It can be replaced without
> the system.
> However... A/C compressors tend to last about as long as the clutch.
> the clutch broke on the compressor in our 85 765T, I searched high
> and found a clutch for $150. That served us a year until the
> seized while turboing up a long hill. (The difference between a
> bearing and a seized compressor is that the bearing is always seized,
> the compressor is visibly seized only when the clutch is activated.)
Oh, of course! Since the PS pump is nonturning even when the AC is off,
it must be the clutch/pulley and not the AC compressor. I can feel my
wallet smiling already. Thanks.