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98 dodge a-c clutch or compressor

jgcox6 on Thu May 27, 2010 8:39 PM User is offline

Year: 1998
Make: dodge
Model: ram 1500
Engine Size: 5.2l
Refrigerant Type: 134a
Country of Origin: United States

I am needing to replace my a-c clutch minimum and maybe my compressor. My a-c clutch had stop engaging on my compressor..due to age. I took you guys advice and removed the only shim in it..which was .020in shim. I put the clutch back on and all was well for a couple weeks. On my way home from fishing today the air starting getting warm and I just knew it was the clutch not engaging again. I was wrong, the clutch was engaged, and it was smoking with the smell of electrical sorta. I turned the ac off and sweated all the way home. So my questions are,,,do you guys think my clutch just burnt up or is the compressor shot? How would you start to troubleshoot this. I am hoping not to have to buy a compressor. If i do have to,,i have read that I have to replace my orifice tube and dryer/accumulator for the warranty, but when i look the part up for the orifice tube, the auto parts stores say that you have to by the whole tube that hooks to the condenser. Can I not just take out the orifice tube from the tubing?

HVargas on Fri May 28, 2010 4:23 PM User is offlineView users profile

Jeff -
As stated in the email you sent me. I gave you a price on the clutch, compressor and liquid line. If the clutch was still engaged and it was blowing warm then I would start to check your pressures, but suspect that the compressor is shot. On that particular vehicle, if the compressor has come apart, you will need to replace the compressor, condenser, liquid line w/ orifice tube and accumulator. As well as properly flushing out the hoses and evaporator to get the system back to new condition. Did you measure the gap after you remove the shim or did you just take it out and put the hub back on and run it?

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jgcox6 on Fri May 28, 2010 5:46 PM User is offline

i did remove the shim..and didn't have another shim to put it...i was able to slip a business card and seemed ok...but maybe not. What would happen if the gap is not enough? Would it just burnup the clutch/coil?

jgcox6 on Fri May 28, 2010 5:58 PM User is offline

Will I be able to get the orifice tube out to check to see if the compressor did die? Can I just hook up my gauges and see if the compressor is still working? How will i know if it came apart?

HVargas on Fri May 28, 2010 6:01 PM User is offlineView users profile

Your best bet will be to hook up the gauge's and check operating pressures and post them.

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