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Old 11-19-2013, 11:04 PM
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I couldn't get that off until I removed the motor. It was still a PITA. I cdut the hoses as a temp fix.
It would sound crazy to ask anyone else, but did you have to remove the motor just to get that bolt out?
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:52 PM
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It would sound crazy to ask anyone else, but did you have to remove the motor just to get that bolt out?
Its not the bolt that is the problem. its pretty short. its breaking loose the bolt that is the problem. You can't get a ratchet on it with a torx bit attached to it. the compressor or something is in the way. If you can move that out of the way you might be able to get a hand on it. I took advantage of the motor being out to remove it. Let me tell you it was seized pretty good.

I believe its behind this tube from the rear of the compressor.
You might be able to take off the belt, remove the 3 compressor bolts and slide it forward to get onto it

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Old 11-20-2013, 12:01 AM
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Yeah, the compressor is the problem. Probably would be no issue on a car without AC. It isn't urgent, there are no leaks so it is a preventive upgrade on a 12 year old car approaching 95k miles. I have the parts so if it does fail I should not be down too long. Worst case I can cut off the rubber hoses and worry about the bracket later.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:24 AM
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Its not the bolt that is the problem. its pretty short. its breaking loose the bolt that is the problem.
Once the bracket fell apart and hoses came out, I could practically turn that bolt out by hand haha. Amazing what a hammer can accomplish.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:33 AM
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Yeah, the compressor is the problem. Probably would be no issue on a car without AC. It isn't urgent, there are no leaks so it is a preventive upgrade on a 12 year old car approaching 95k miles. I have the parts so if it does fail I should not be down too long. Worst case I can cut off the rubber hoses and worry about the bracket later.
thats what i did. cut the hoses and left it until i took it out
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:34 AM
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FYI, if that compressor has never been removed there is also 2 bolts on the back side that are a bitch to get out.
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Is there anything I should do to avoid having to replace the compressor? This is my first GM that did not need that replaced within a year of purchase. Kind of nice not to sink that grand (depending on labor) into it if possible.
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you don't have to disconnect the lines just unbolt it from the block and move it. That rear bolt is hard to get to.
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Damn a $1k, hell you can buy everything for less than $300 eBay. Then go have a vacuum pulled( I have a vacuum pump), then refill yourself holds 2 cans, $10 each at Wal-Mart.
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My mother in law paid a shop $700 to fix her AC, but that was new compressor, lines, dryer, and all the orings. Included labor and freeon as well. Was done on a Super charged 3800 in a fwd buick.
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