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  • [Corsa D 2006-2014] How to run a 2011 Vauxhall Corsa Sri Without Air Con? (Corsa D)

    My air con compressor has a hole in, been quoted around 1000-1500 to repair. I'd rather not pay that and have saw a few things of people using a shorter belt to run it without the air con. However I've saw none for my model and its mainly been for VXR's.

    Was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with doing this on a Corsa D Sri, or just any other Corsa D if it would work the same way.

    Any help is much appreciated.

  • #2
    What engine do you have? It's probably the same belt but we might be able to confirm for you


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    • #3
      Originally posted by jt999 View Post
      What engine do you have? It's probably the same belt but we might be able to confirm for you
      It's a 1.4 Petrol, 100 bhp I think.

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      • #4
        Euro car parts list a Drive belt non A/C for your corsa D 2011 1.4 5PK 1200 . Product code 202770555. Sorry don't know how to do a link .
        Last edited by Restorer; 04-06-2018, 10:50 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Restorer View Post
          Euro car parts list a Drive belt non A/C for your corsa D 2011 1.4 5PK 1200 . Sorry don't know how to do a link .
          Here's the link I think Restorer wanted to post: Dayco Drive Belt | Euro Car Parts


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          • #6
            Cheers mate I need some lessons.

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            • #7
              Cheers both of you, gonna save me a fortune haha. Will I need anything else apart from the belt?

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              • #8
                I dont think you will need anything else apart from whatever tools are required. This is assuming the new belt will span between the pulleys that are still required without the now redundant aircon pulley getting in the way. I dont know if it does. If the compressor needs to be removed it makes the job more complex, and might involve releasing environmentally harmful gases into the atmosphere. Aircon specialists are legally required to extract the gas first and store it. (Unless the gas has already all leaked away. )

                Although enthusiasts sometimes remove aircon completely ,to save weight, power consumption ,engine bay space etc , if the car is otherwise standard its probably best to leave as much in place as possible ,even if its faulty. It might be possible in the future you or the next owner may be able to get the system repaired for much less than you have been quoted. But missing parts would put potential buyers off the car, and affect its resale value.

                Last edited by Bugman; 05-06-2018, 11:28 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bugman View Post
                  I dont think you will need anything else apart from whatever tools are required. This is assuming the new belt will span between the pulleys that are still required without the now redundant aircon pulley getting in the way. I dont know if it does. If the compressor needs to be removed it makes the job more complex, and might involve releasing environmentally harmful gases into the atmosphere. Aircon specialists are legally required to extract the gas first and store it. (Unless the gas has already all leaked away. )

                  Although enthusiasts sometimes remove aircon completely ,to save weight, power consumption ,engine bay space etc , if the car is otherwise standard its probably best to leave as much in place as possible ,even if its faulty. It might be possible in the future you or the next owner may be able to get the system repaired for much less than you have been quoted. But missing parts would put potential buyers off the car, and affect its resale value.
                  Cheers, i think you're right about the pulleys. I'm just going to leave the air con in for the reasons you've mentioned just want it not running to avoid any damage as don't see the point in paying that much for it to be repaired considering i never use it.

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                  • #10
                    Does anyone know if this definitely works, as rang garage to book it in to get done and he seems to think it won't work. Says he'd need an hour to take it apart and know for definite.

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                    • #11
                      Have you looked on the link . That belt is listed for a 2011 1.4 unless it's a completely different tensioner, it should fit .

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Restorer View Post
                        Have you looked on the link . That belt is listed for a 2011 1.4 unless it's a completely different tensioner, it should fit .
                        Yeah, it's defo for my model told the garage just he seemed to think it wouldn't be possible to run it without the air con. Guessing he's just trying to get me to get the air con fixed since its a much more expensive job.

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                        • #13
                          Have you looked at this thread Squeal - TheCorsa.co.uk Forums . Could you have the same problem?

                          This thread also gives details of how aircon compressors work. If the aircon is switched off ,or the system has lost its gas, an electromagnetic clutch within the compressor pulley releases. The pulley then freewheels, running on ball bearings.It does not turn the whole compressor. The engine power used to turn just a freewheeling pulley is minimal.Its only when the compressor is turning, and compressing gas that you get the significant power drain and extra fuel consumption of having aircon switched on.
                          But incidentally driving with windows open also increases drag and fuel consumption, by approximately the same amount as having the windows shut and using aircon.

                          If the compressor pulley ball bearings seem to be freewheeling smoothly,and not likely to seize, I personally wouldnt bother trying to fit a shorter belt just to isolate the compressor. And if you want to get the aircon compressor fixed ,I'd shop around.They may be quoting for more work than is necessary.
                          Last edited by jt999; 06-06-2018, 09:14 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bugman View Post
                            Have you looked at this thread Squeal - TheCorsa.co.uk Forums . Could you have the same problem?

                            This thread also gives details of how aircon compressors work. If the aircon is switched off ,or the system has lost its gas, an electromagnetic clutch within the compressor pulley releases. The pulley then freewheels, running on ball bearings.It does not turn the whole compressor. The engine power used to turn just a freewheeling pulley is minimal.Its only when the compressor is turning, and compressing gas that you get the significant power drain and extra fuel consumption of having aircon switched on.
                            But incidentally driving with windows open also increases drag and fuel consumption, by approximately the same amount as having the windows shut and using aircon.

                            If the compressor pulley ball bearings seem to be freewheeling smoothly,and not likely to seize, I personally wouldnt bother trying to fit a shorter belt just to isolate the compressor. And if you want to get the aircon compressor fixed ,I'd shop around.They may be quoting for more work than is necessary.
                            Mine does seem a bit similar to that, however with mine sometimes when i start the car it sounds like the video I've attached and generally when the car is running its more rattely/tappety and just doesn't sound like its running right. Looking at the compressor it has a physical hole in it which i have no idea how it's happened.

                            The garage said that with a shorter belt not running the air con it should sort the problems, he just thought it wasn't possible on a corsa.

                            Streamable

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by agr98 View Post

                              Mine does seem a bit similar to that, however with mine sometimes when i start the car it sounds like the video I've attached and generally when the car is running its more rattely/tappety and just doesn't sound like its running right. Looking at the compressor it has a physical hole in it which i have no idea how it's happened.

                              The garage said that with a shorter belt not running the air con it should sort the problems, he just thought it wasn't possible on a corsa.

                              Streamable
                              Hey Pal, was wondering if you are got this sorted in the end? Was you able to run a shorter belt.

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