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brand new to the board. bought a '03 TJ last december & had not checked the AC until our 1st hot day yesterday. turned it on - definitely not cold air. went to auto zone & in talking to one of the guys discovered that the serpentine belt behind the radiator is not on all the pulleys. there's a diagram sticker showing the path of the belt with & w/o the AC.

can someone help me to understand why the previous owner would disconnect the AC & put on a new belt that purposely eliminates that pulley? is this as simple getting a new belt?

it's my kids car - not looking to spend a lot of money to fix. any help is appreciated!:)
 

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Who knows why PO's do what they do....do you have all the other stuff you need for working AC? If so, get the belt and go to town bro! Nothing like putting the top UP and turning on the AC!

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Sorry...didn't mean to be glib....Throw a belt on it and check it out. See if the clutch engages. If there is a problem...jump the pressure switch, but don't let it run too long as there will be no oil circulating in the system. If there is a problem, the clutch will show wear when not energized, like when the compressor is running: the clutch will be turning at the same rate...if you see the magic smoke, it's usually the belt slipping around a locked up compressor....sometimes you have to smack the magnet to get it going.
 
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