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post #1 of 6 Old 07-11-2020, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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2001 XJ AC Clutch replacement

I've a 2001 XJ, 193,000 miles. The dealer replaced the AC in 2005 from the original clutch compressor assembly to a Sanden 4886.
AC holds pressure and no noise from compressor bearings. Clutch runs and stops, sometimes stays on, then never comes on. Yes its old, but replace will be expensive. I want to try a clutch first. Suggestions where to get the AC compressor clutch for the Sanden 4886?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-11-2020, 01:27 PM
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Are you sure its a AC clutch problem?

Might want to do some checking.

When I see the price of OEM I think aftermarket.
When I see the quality of aftermarket I think OEM.
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I'm almost certain that is the problem. Looking at Jeeps of this age the AC clutches are usually shot and spaced too far. I can remove it, clean the clutch, reattach, and check spacing (0.015-0.035"). That might be easiest to start with. Even so, its not good to run a "burnt" clutch. Is there an AC clutch assembly that will fit the SANDEN 4886?
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-11-2020, 06:04 PM
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www.rockauto.com always has what I need.

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To check clutch: I loosened the belt, air hosed the clutch, sprayed brake cleaner, air hosed again, checked bearing (which seems ok), measured spacing (0.028 which is close to outer spec),cleaner once again, air hosed, reattached belt, and now seems ok. If this acts up again I'll take clutch and coil off, clean clutch to coil with wire brush, replace bearing, reset spacing to better clearance and then see what happens.

Still, where to get a SANDEN 4886 AC clutch. I'll look again at RockAuto. They are a good source of JEEP parts.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-13-2020, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ran Jeepie around and did well for about 30 mins, then kicked off....poo. Turned AC off for about 5 mins and AC came back on. Then about 30 mins off, no big deal... but dang it.

It does cycle. Nonetheless, I should take clutch plate off, wire brush it and coil plate, reduce space by about 0.010" and see what happens.

To me this is somewhat like owning a standard; your clutch goes out and dealer says you need a new clutch and transmission.

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