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I have a 1985 Dodge D250 318 V8, and I am wondering if it is possible to remove all of the air conditioner parts and then reroute the belts. I dont ever plan on fixing the air, so why not remove it...

If it can be done, how?, and what kinda mods will be needed?
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I have a 1985 Dodge D250 318 V8, and I am wondering if it is possible to remove all of the air conditioner parts and then reroute the belts. I dont ever plan on fixing the air, so why not remove it...

If it can be done, how?, and what kinda mods will be needed?

If you remove the A/C compressor the serpentine belt should just be routed below the A/C compressor pulley.

So basically just loosen the belt by adjusting the tensioner pulley then take the belt off the top of the A/C compressor pulley and put it below the A/C compressor pulley. Then tension the tensioner pulley and check to make sure the belt is on snug and done.
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So it's really just that simple huh!? What about the two hoses running back to the firewall?
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So it's really just that simple huh!? What about the two hoses running back to the firewall?
Easier said then done, All I can really do for you is tell you the routing of the serpentine belt. Just be careful when removing any of those air conditioner lines because they're pressurized and could harm ya. Well the hoses going to the firewall are for the evaporator. If you want to just disable the air conditioner then just removing the compressor does the job.
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I think I will let my local professionals take this thing off. I dont want to run into any issues with the pressurized hoses and rerouting the belts.
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Well alrighty then.
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Just a bit scared about that freon in those lines.
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Just a bit scared about that freon in those lines.
We no longer use Freon we use R12 or R134a. Now most likely over the years you probably had a R12 to R134a conversion. Well the Refrigerant isn't what is to be concerned about more then the up to 300 PSI it is compressed at in those lines. But of course their are safe ways to release that pressure and not be harmed. If you go to a auto store I believe you can purchase a air conditioner pressure gauge manifold. Well on there it allows you to check the pressure but also release pressure from the system. Even the man that fixes your home air conditioner could actually service your car air conditioner cause both home and auto use the same R134a refrigerant and the fittings they make adapters for. If you do decide to DIY, don't be concerned if a oil like liquid comes out of the lines this is known as PAG oil, it keeps the O-Rings and Compressor along with other seals lubed so you don't dry out from inside out. Typically about 7 oz of PAG may leak out in total.

The A/C system is split into two, their is a low and high side. The low side pressure has a smaller quick connect fitting and the high side has a larger fitting (obvious). This is just for reference!
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Great info!!! It's true, those lines are real tight.


Thanks man, I will see what I can do!
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Well best of luck to you, any help just ask away.
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