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Powerbuilt 648980 Air Conditioner Clutch Holding Tool

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Powerbuilt 648980 Air Conditioner Clutch Holding Tool + TEKTON 3576 Internal / External Snap Ring Pliers Set, 4-Piece + Astro Pneumatic 7886 A/C Compressor Clutch Installer/Remover Kit
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Technical Details
BrandPowerbuilt
Item Weight13.6 ounces
Product Dimensions12.1 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
Item model number648980
Manufacturer Part Number648980
  
Additional Information
ASINB004KEFCPU
Best Sellers Rank #21,622 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJanuary 22, 2011
  
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Product Description

For servicing AC clutch while AC compressor is still in the vehicle. Works with both domestic and import AC systems. Comes with lifetime warranty.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bjm on May 14, 2015
This tool can save you a lot of money working on your automotive air conditioning compressor clutch. Here’s how:

The compressor is making a clink-clink sound that’s even more noticeable when the compressor is disengaged and the pulley is just free wheeling. You can hear it even better with the belt removed and the motor turned off by just spinning the pulley by hand. It should spin easily and it may be obvious that the pulley bearing is worn.

An AC repair shop would like to replace the entire compressor, including the clutch. This will be expensive because between the cost of the new/rebuilt compressor, the labor to remove the old compressor and install the new, and the cost of recharging the system with new refrigerant you would probably pay between $500 and $1000. Additionally, you would likely have to replace the receiver/dryer because the system has now been opened and exposed to the air and humidity. But the only thing causing the noise is a bad pulley bearing, which really ought to be repaired because if it lets go the belt(s) may cause havoc in the engine compartment.

If your clutch plate cover has three holes arranged in a triangular pattern, the tool is used to hold it in place and keep it from turning while you remove the center bolt holding the clutch to the compressor shaft. That center bolt is not torqued down particularly tightly, or is it set with locktite, so it doesn’t come out with a struggle. With the bolt out you can pry the clutch from the compressor. Beware of any spacers and shims falling out as you remove it. Note that you are doing all this while the compressor is still on the car if you can gain access to the front of the clutch/compressor so no gas is lost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Jordan on October 3, 2013
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Don't know how all these 5 star reviewers actually used this tool because you cannot fit a socket through the hole in the center. I was able to sort-of use it by drilling two holes out near the big end and using two of the pegs through those holes. If you are going to go to all that trouble might as well just use a piece of scrap metal and a couple of bolts that fit the threads on your clutch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon-Aholic on September 27, 2013
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The tool saves you a whole bunch of time when you need to remove the AC clutch and it's only 6 bucks... what more could you ask for?

Well constructed, when compared to the similar offerings from my local hardware store (which sells it for over $15)

The three points are adjustable. Some older clutch design, for example my wife's mustang does not have holes for the pin to stick in to, but instead I just adjusted the pin to grab on 3 bumps that's sticking out from the outer clutch plate, and it worked well as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike W on January 3, 2015
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I ordered this tool along with this part: ACDelco 15-2802 Professional Air Conditioning Compressor Clutch Bearing, reviews and website lead me to believe this would work on a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am SE, it does not. The tool in no way is compatible with the clutch assembly and the bearing is also not compatible with this model car. I'm sure the tool works fine with the correct clutch assembly, my review is for the reviews/descriptions that say this works with a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am SE. Again, it doesn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on September 23, 2012
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I have a Volvo that the clutch on the A/C needed to be disassembled and readjusted so that it works reliably, and I was unsuccessfull at getting the thing apart. This tool did the job, and it was a really cheap tool to buy. I may never use it again, but it paid for itself in this one use...
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For 7$ you cant beat it. You use this tool for about 2 seconds, it holds the clutch on the compressor in place so you can loosen the nut, bolt or screw holding it onto the compressor. If you do not have this, the screw/nut/bolt turns freely along with the clutch. Its usually oily and very smooth so its impossible to hold onto tight enough to work. Also, a belt or strap wrench around the pulley wont work because the outer pulley turns freely (so belt on car can turn without turning compressor). This tool has reversible pins with 2 sizes, small and larger to fit in whatever size hole is on the compressor. For the price, it cannot be beat. It does exactly what you need it to do, and maybe there are better ones, I don't know. I do know that for 7$, it does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do, and does it perfectly. I highly recommend it.
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By Book Man 83 on June 17, 2014
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This A/C clutch holding tool worked fairly well for me. I only give it 4 stars since at least on my compressor (2002 Honda Civic), it was somewhat difficult getting my socket to fit through the middle hole, while also having the 3-prongs close enough together to fit in the holes on my clutch plate. However, the engineers that designed the tool probably did their best to make this a universal tool and to fit as many A/C compressors as possible. Since the tool fulfilled its purpose, I can't complain. The price was awesome and it seemed like a tool of decent quality.
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For my particular needs this unit didn't work well, because the nuts were positioned to close together this unit to grab them well. I was able to get the job done using this tool, but I didn't think I should give it a great rating because it didn't exactly meet my expectations either. So my recommendations are reconsider getting this tool if your going to use it near the smallest adjustments or if your center nut is on the larger side.
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