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Old 03-14-2016, 03:57 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

My daughter's 2004 Maxima has made a noise from the compressor for the 4 months we've owned it. It seems to have gotten louder and I'm about ready to try changing out the clutch/bearing first and see what happens. The only time it makes this odd noise is when it kicks on. Otherwise, it's quiet. Anyone else out there done this themselves?
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

Never done one but know its super easy..usually 1-3 screws on the face...might need to shim it(little washer type thing)..think your on the right track.....if u pay $20 for a premium membership on this site will allow u to download entire service manual on this site....very very useful...if your not in a hurry I can look at mine later this week..I'm just sick as a dog right now( nurovirus)hth
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

It's worth a try before spending more on a new compressor. I'm going to order the clutch and bearing and work on it during spring break next week.
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

Just curious if you replaced your clutch and how hard it was, cus my belt shredded recently and I just replaced it. When I turn on the AC the belt pulley makes a loud noise. I'm not sure if it's the compressor or the clutch.
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

I started getting a weird noise that increases in volume the faster I go after I had the compressor and main belt replaced. I was wondering if the main belt was too tight.
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

I'm curious about that noise, too, because I'm hearing the same thing. IT's still blowing cold but there's a weird growling noise. Doing some research on this today since no one is home.
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

sounds like the bearing is shot. same thing happened to mine so i replaced it with a refurbished one, and that one lasted me about 5 months. make sure you get A BRAND NEW ONE pay the extra money for it, the refurbished one didn't come with a warranty it was such bull shit. really easy to do you just have to drain the free on, loosen the belt, take some bults off and boom its done. makes sure the O rings are in good condition when connect the hoses back to it, otherwise the free on will leak out. HOLLAaaaaalallalalalalaaaaa
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

I replaced the compressor and condenser with new units and all is good to go. Spent $305 shipped on all the parts from a great seller on eBay out of Arlington, TX including the O-rings and extra PAG 46 oil. This is easier than changing out the valve cover gaskets (which are idiotic). At the school I work at, we have a heat and air guy so he came over and ran nitrogen through it to check for pressure and leaks (none) and refilled with R134a. It definitely works better than the original one. It was about a 6.5 hour job start to finish with breaks, etc. (including waiting for him to get there) I didn't change the expansion valve. It worked fine so not worth the trouble.
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Default Re: Noisy AC compressor ... maybe clutch?

For the sake of pictures, here's a before and after. Sorry, nothing in between. Changing the condenser is about the worst part.
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