Hello, I’ve got a 97 Ford F150 XLT 4x4, with 150k mi. The aircon pump had a slow seize-up. It started out sounding like a stick poked into a fan over and over, but with serious jerks felt through the entire truck. When the pump finally seized - lots of bangs, squeals, and smoke - everything that says my truck is dying, the serpentine belt popped, and PRESTO! all was well. Purred like a kitten. I shut it down/started it up a couple of times and all was good. Then it wouldn’t start. It cranked, but no joy. Luckily or unluckily, this happened in my driveway out in the mountains. I read that the starting problem was most likely insufficient juice to start AND power fuel system (spec- alt not spinning, battery depleting w/each start, batt gets low & can’t power injectors). I only had a short time before I had to leave, so I shelved the “won’t start” issue as a result of the alt not spinning, and gave the pump a once over. I Discovered rusted out bolts inside of what looks like a freakin birdcage! Oh crap, no joy at all! I guess it shouldn’t surprise me, I mean, you almost need a physics degree to get the oil filter out.
That was some time ago, and now I want to fix it. I just want to pull the pump, and use the truck w/no aircon. Got any ideas about how I can get that damn thing out? It looks daunting, even if the bolts were still good. Thanks for your help.