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Old 08-03-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Yesterday my girlfriend and I started hearing a noise coming from her 03 Honda CR-V when under hard acceleration. I rolled down the windows and got her to try various things while I listened. Eventually it became a constant screech from the engine bay and I popped the hood. It really sounded like a pulley was going bad so I told her to turn the engine off and when she did the car spat the A/C clutch at me. Now I'm wondering if all I have to do is reattach it and if its safe to drive. Its an i-vtec 2.4 DOHC engine. Its got one drive belt for everything. We drove home and I've been keeping an eye on the belt. I know we can't drive it if the belt comes off but it seems like its not in danger of coming off. BTW the Honda dealer said it would be $1200-1600 to get everything fixed. I said ***** that. Anyone have any experience with this?
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Sounds like the compressor locked up which means $$$$
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Thanks. How would I test this? Is there any way to try to turn it? I'm a at AC.
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Also, I have pics of the clutch but I'm on my girlfriends stupid mac right now and uploading them was getting complicated. I can post em up in a little while if that would help.
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Stick the pulley back on and try to turn it by hand? And make you're actually spinning the compressor and not freewheeling.
If its held on with a press fit and it just came off....bluemax could be right.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:42 AM   #6
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Well a failing clutch is one thing, one happened to fail me on my dad's chevy pickup. Put a belt on, drove in very low rpms with it squealing like mad, until it broke half way to the shop, and then I babied it the rest of the way, shutting it off at any opportunity. Sacrificed a belt, but cheaper than a tow.

Now if the pulley actually came off, I would in no way attempt to reattach roadside and drive it, it'll only fail again. You need a new compressor, unless the pulley/clutch assembly can be replaced separately. I believe I could do that on the truck, but a remanufactured compressor unit was the cheaper option at $185.
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