Hey guys, My car (1998 Protégé) has been without AC since 2008 due to a failed bearing in the compressor’s pulley. I’m about to take a trip to Florida so I’ve decided to try and get the AC up and running. The compressor was replaced in 2002 and I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t with an OEM compressor. I climbed under the car and was able to get these numbers off the compressor: 60 3005 11031. Are these numbers enough to positively I.D the compressor so I can get the correct bearing? Or does the compressor have to be unbolted in order to get the model number? I’ve got the bearing removed and it’s in such bad shape I can’t see any numbers on it. Actually, when I removed the clutch, I could see all the little balls and no rubber seal whatsoever and no inner metal ring. No Idea how it got to this point but it was pretty shocking to see. Especially since I couldn’t find any remnants of the seals or center ring.
I mentioned how long the AC has been out of commission just in case there are any potential issues with running an AC system that hasn’t been used in 9 years? The AC was working perfectly fine/blowing cold air (except the noise from the bad bearing) right up until I had the compressor bypassed back in 2008.