My A/C's clutch is going pretty damn bad, I can hear it scratching/grinding when the A/C is off, and when it used to turn on it would whirr and almost make a hooting noise. The system has a leak somewhere so the A/C doesn't work or more than a week anyways if you refill the refrigerant.
Since it's getting closer to winter and colder temperatures, I'm waiting for more towards the summer to replace the entire system the correct way as I'm a little short on cash right now, and I had the idea of simply removing the clutch but leaving the bearing and pulley in place (if the bearing is in good shape) so I didn't have to buy a bypass pulley. Save some cash ya know? Plus no local stores sell them around here anymore :/
Would this be possible? The noise is very hard to ignore if I'm not playing music constantly, and occasionally at WOT shifts my belts squeals for a split second as if it gets hung up on the A/C, and I really don't want to shred a belt.