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Old 07-19-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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I have searched the web everywhere I can think of trying to find an air conditioner clutch for our 2000 Nissan Altima, anyone have any suggestions? I appreciate your help.

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Old 07-19-2014, 10:44 PM   #2
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Our Advance Auto Parts can order it... It's a nippondenso factory part though. Pricey. Like $200 pricey. Advance Auto part #47337. Otherwise, a whole complete remanufactured compressor I can find for $195. Weird how that works. Best of luck...

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Old 07-19-2014, 11:17 PM   #3
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Or, most likely, it's bad bearing $6 or so worth.
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I feel pretty sure it is the clutch. It will cool then after a while it will chatter sorta like a growl, while it is making that sound it isn't blowing cool air. If the clutch is that high I may as well just replace the compressor, I can get a compressor with clutch for about $160 or so. It will probably be about the same after having the unit charged back up.

Can the unit be recharged without having to draw a vacuum? Can it be recharged from just the can or is there more to it than that?
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Jim,

I have never seen a clutch that wouldn't be better served by replacing the whole thing. I have done a couple and come back around to replace the whole thing shortly thereafter.

The clutches are expensive as you have noted too.
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Thanks WOW, looks like a new compressor is in the future. Thanks fellows for your help.
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[QUOTE= Can the unit be recharged without having to draw a vacuum? Can it be recharged from just the can or is there more to it than that?[/QUOTE]

No you need to vacuum the system down to remove all the air and moisture or the system will cool poorly and fail prematurely.
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No you need to vacuum the system down to remove all the air and moisture or the system will cool poorly and fail prematurely.
Thanks CJ, I was afraid of that.
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Evaporator and orifice tube has be replaced if a new compressor is installed.
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rockauto has the compressor from $211.89 to $280.89. Just in case you haven't looked there yet. If you do decide to go with rockauto, ask around, or google for a promo code. They give a code out with every order for 5% off, which usually is enough to cover shipping sometimes.
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Evaporator and orifice tube has be replaced if a new compressor is installed.
This looks like it is going to be expensive, we may just drive it until it totally quits, the way it sounds that won't be long.
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No need to replace the evaporator core unless it's leaking. If you just have a clutch going out and no internal compressor damage there should be no contamination in the system. So just a compressor change should be just fine.
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And once again. Even from what he describes, it's a clutch bad bearing. Every clutch I had fail so far had exactly same cause - bad bearing. Chrysler, Mitsubishi, now Mazda. All same chatter, grinding noise - bad bearing.
It is quite so serviceable part, but it takes some technical knowledge and skill to get it out and replace. Unless friction plates on clutch are completely warn out. But otherwise, and had it done successfully, bearing, 2 hrs of cusswork, $6 - and boom. Didn't even have to remove compressor.
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And once again. Even from what he describes, it's a clutch bad bearing. Every clutch I had fail so far had exactly same cause - bad bearing. Chrysler, Mitsubishi, now Mazda. All same chatter, grinding noise - bad bearing.
It is quite so serviceable part, but it takes some technical knowledge and skill to get it out and replace. Unless friction plates on clutch are completely warn out. But otherwise, and had it done successfully, bearing, 2 hrs of cusswork, $6 - and boom. Didn't even have to remove compressor.
Does the chattering, noise stop once the clutch has engaged? This one doesn't make any noise once it is engaged and only randomly at times. We will be driving along, AC blowing cool, no noise, then at no particular time it will make the chattering sound and quit blowing cold air. After it makes the chattering the first time it starts making the sound and quits blowing cold it is quit often then.

Sometimes when we start driving it won't make the noise or quit blowing for a long time but once it starts it just keeps making the noise then quits blowing cold air then goes back through that cycle over and over.

I have noticed that if it is at night and not real hot outside that the AC doesn't do that at all, it will cool like it is supposed to, it is only when it is hot out that it does that.

While the temperature gauge is below normal it won't make the noise or quit blowing cold on a hot day, it is only after the temps reach regular operating temps on a hot day that it will do that.
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Does the chattering, noise stop once the clutch has engaged? This one doesn't make any noise once it is engaged and only randomly at times. We will be driving along, AC blowing cool, no noise, then at no particular time it will make the chattering sound and quit blowing cold air. After it makes the chattering the first time it starts making the sound and quits blowing cold it is quit often then.

Sometimes when we start driving it won't make the noise or quit blowing for a long time but once it starts it just keeps making the noise then quits blowing cold air then goes back through that cycle over and over.

I have noticed that if it is at night and not real hot outside that the AC doesn't do that at all, it will cool like it is supposed to, it is only when it is hot out that it does that.

While the temperature gauge is below normal it won't make the noise or quit blowing cold on a hot day, it is only after the temps reach regular operating temps on a hot day that it will do that.

Jim, I'm no expert on this stuff, but the fact that it's such an intermittent problem leads me to believe it might be something other than the clutch. The only bad clutch bearing I've run into personally squealed continuously while the clutch was engaged. Found a good link here: http://www.sanden.com/objects/Compressor_Noise.pdf #6 looks like it might apply to your situation. If it's a bearing issue, it's probably internal compressor bearings.

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