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Old 01-18-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like i should be able to use a different belt and bypass the ac compressor pulley on my 99 sc2 with no problems. I was wondering if any of you guys would happen to know the part number for the smaller belt that would be required? Thanks
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:10 PM   #2
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I put short belt on my 92 SC to bypass the A/C after I removed the A/C. this was back in 1993 and I do not remember the part number. ask a Saturn retailer before they close.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:29 AM   #3
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Go to your auto Parts Store, ask for a belt for your car, when they ask if it has A/c tell them NO. Their computer will tell them the correct belt to sell you.
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Go to your auto Parts Store, ask for a belt for your car, when they ask if it has A/c tell them NO. Their computer will tell them the correct belt to sell you.
I'm not sure the SC2 was offered without air. I would ask about a base SL for the same year instead.
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The SL didn't have power steering, so that belt wouldn't work. An SC1, SL1 or SW1 could be gotten with power steering and no A/C, but I *THINK* the crank pulley was a slightly different size, either that or the P/S pump is in a slightly different position (since it hangs on the head); generally, I'm pretty sure the belts for DOHC engines are slightly longer than their counterparts for SOHC engines with the same pulleys.

A/C was standard on all DOHC models, but there was an "A/C delete" option.

The OP will save next to nothing simply running a shorter belt. When the A/C is off, the compressor clutch is disengaged and the pulley is, in effect, an "idler". S/he would gain more advantage from the weight savings by removing the A/C components from the car (not to mention the easier access to things like the thermostat).
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I dont want to remove the a/c I'm going to put the regular belt back on when it gets warm. I just see this as an easy way to remove some drag on the motor, I know it wont be much but as the temp drops every little bit helps.
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Yeah, I was going to ask why you were doing it. The amount of fuel you'll save by not spinning the a/c pulley will not offset the cost of the new belt. Plus you will not have defrost function.
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Plus you will not have defrost function.
S/he doesn't anyway, as the A/C doesn't run at ambient temperatures (as reported by the IAT sensor) below 40F, and the gen-1/2 HVAC systems do NOT automatically run the A/C in defrost mode. But indeed, the savings wouldn't pay for the belt.
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