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post #1 of 7 Old 09-02-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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A/C Pulley squeak?

I have a 96 5.2l ZJ and every morning when I start it up, I get a squeak from one of the pulleys. After driving for about 5 minutes, the squeak will stop on its own. I've also noticed that if I turn on the A/C when it is squeaking, the noise goes away.

The A/C works fine, and it's not making that loud squeal noise, just a small squeak every time the belt goes around. Since noticing the noise, I've replaced the idler pulley and replaced the water pump due to another issue.

The belt looks almost brand new, (I've owned the vehicle for about 11 months and it has 202k miles) so I haven't replaced it yet. I've searched some of the other threads about the A/C Compressor, and that I'd be better off buying a new unit instead of the pulley/clutch.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-02-2011, 12:03 PM
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I have the exact same issue and just ordered the AC clutch kit. I'll let you know how it goes.

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yes please do post if it helped or not.
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Mine does that as well but just the opposite, if i turn a/c off it quits squealing. Mine is a 95 model tho. It started after I had a pulley go bad and i put a new pulley as well as a new belt on. Was thinking I didn't get belt tight enough. Just haven't had time to try to tighten it up to see if it fixes it. So if yours tightens up like mine, by loosening bolts on power steering pump, then you could try that and see if it helps.
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Mine did this then I removed it and was so suprised the differnce not haveing a tugging on my serp draining power like a fan clutch that stays on constantly. Or like a leach or a tick. I live in the 80s roll down the windows and turn up the radio. the serp only cost me 8.99 on amazon. The ac was like buying another motor.
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Take a long screw driver or something similar and put the tip on the suspect part making the noise and the other end to your ear. You will defiantly know which part is making the noise. It will be much louder that the other parts you test. Don't get your hair caught in the pulley's.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-03-2011, 10:52 AM
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My 4.0L had a squeak (squeal) when the A/C was on. I presumed it was the compressor clutch. I ended up replacing the two idler pulleys, which has resolved the squeal issue. Although one of the factory pulleys was smaller than the other, I used Gates P/N 38042 for both. Works fine now.

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