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Can you replace the serpentine belt on a 98 vw passat v6 with a smaller one to eliminate the ac if so what length would replace the 21x1882mm belt?

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2006-02-12 12:44:50
2006-02-12 12:44:50

No you cant do that without replacing with a smaller pulley and even then the ac would still somewhat work because it is still connected. You would need to remove the compressor if you dont want ac. Or if your ac belt doesnt power anything else but the ac just remove that belt and your set. Yes you can...I just did it by answering my own question. Bought CD Rom repare manual for VW Passat, 1998 to 2005, tried 69" belt to replace 74" belt but had to take it back and get 70" belt. This bypasses my A/C system that was beginning to chatter and was probably about to freeze up. It's just a work car and I didn't want to put big bucks into fixing it up. A/C...who cares. And this is from someone who is mechanically disenfranchised!!!! Will only work on the V6 2.8L because I believe the others have a negative loop next to the A/C. Just carry a long 17mm wrench as it's very tight to work on.

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