1995 Legacy Air Conditioning

Asked by Oct 19, 2008 at 02:36 PM about the 1995 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr L AWD Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1995 Legacy with air conditioning.  The clutch in the compressor continues to seize up, breaking the belt.  If I do not use the air conditioning, do I still need to replace belt (i.e., repair compressor clutch)?  Is the car safe to drive without the belt?  Thanks for any help given.

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If the belt is only connecting the crank pulley to the A/C then, you will be fine driving it without the belt. If however, the belt is connected to another accessory pulley in addition to the A/C (e.g. the power steering pulley or the alternator) then, you will need to replace it and the A/C compressor. It may be seizing due to not enough oil in the A/C lines.

Thanks for your help, Noah. The compressor is only for A/C - since I live in Alaska, I don't need it. I also detached the electrical wiring from the compressor clutch, so it free flows now. Appreciate your time.

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