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Old 04-13-2012, 12:09 PM
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My 2002 Ram [53 k miles] AC compressor burned up -- literally smoked -- well, I don't have the cash to put into a new one now so I bought a by-pass pulley from Advance Auto for $40. It is made by Dalton 34178. The item eventually worked, however, I had to buy the correct bolts (5/16" x 18) because they included metric bolts. I also bought fender/lock washers too. It comes with various shims and I used 3 shorty and 1 behind the pulley. When I first installed it and started it, the belt was clicking, so I shimmed the pulley per instructions and it worked fine. The instructions state the pulley shim may/may not be needed. Either way, not a difficult job to remove the compressor, install the new pulley. I understand I could have eliminated the pulley altogether and bought a new belt, but the belt on the truck is only 1 yr old and a new belt was more than the pulley. I don't think I'll be replacing the AC unit in my work truck.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:14 PM
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A new serpentine belt was more than $40??? That's crazy!
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:17 PM
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ya, it was high, but when Chrysler shut down all but 1 local stealer, their prices went up...... and I needed it right away d(
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I just looked it up at autozone: valuecraft is $28 and duralast is $33. Probably would have been easier to change the belt but oh well.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:24 PM
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Glad it worked out for you even though it cost ya more than it should, still cheaper than the compressor either way, good info!

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