AC Compressor Clutch Replacement

ScottVA2775

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Attempting to replace the AC Compressor Clutch. When I try to turn the center bolt on the old clutch, the whole rubber piece on the face spins and the bolt is not loosening. Is there a way to stop the shaft from spinning so I can break this bolt lose?
 

ScottVA2775

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Clarification- the outer clutch face is comprised of the center bolt shaft, a rubber midsection and the metal clutch plate. When I turn the bolt, holding the plate with a screwdriver braced against another part, the bolt and midsection rubber turn together. How can I stop the rubber piece from turning OR is there a way to stop the shaft turning from another area of the compressor?
 

billr

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Are you using an impact wrench? This is a case where and impact may be especially useful, whatever the screw is threaded into will resist quick turning due to inertia. No impact wrench? Apply the same principle by hammering on the handle of whatever wrench you are using. Be sure you are using a secure wrench, like 6-point socket, Torx, box, etc.
 

grcauto

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You may ruin the compressor if you do not use the correct tools to take it apart.
 

ScottVA2775

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FIXED- thank you for your replies. I did end up recruiting a friend who has an impact driver and he had that bolt off in seconds. I guess that'll be my next tool investment!!! Lol

Thanks again
 
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