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Hey guys, I have been searching high and low for a solution to this. What happened was: I drove through a pretty big puddle and now I have kind of a whining/grinding sound coming from one of the accessory pulleys. A local shop here checked it out and said it was the bearing on the AC compressor. I know this is a very expensive job so I was wondering if there was another belt that fits these cars that would bypass the AC? I have seen this work on other vehicles.

Also, compatability question: Would anyone know if the Maxima 3.5 or other vehicles' belts are the same? I have been searching Altima threads but maybe if I can find someone that has done this on a Maxima that could work too. Another question, does the altima sedan use the same belt?

Lastly, is it even possible to replace the bearing on the compressor without buying a whole new compressor? Another forum member posted something similar and said that our compressor was "not serviceable" in the thread here:
http://www.nissanclub.com/forums/2008-nissan-altima-coupe-discussion/454137-2009-altima-coupe-c-clutch-3-5-cvt.html

Any help is definitely appreciated. I obviously plan on replacing the whole compressor eventually, but I just wanted to explore other options before dropping $1,000 into it.
 

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Sounds like the AC clutch bearing is gone, not the compressor itself. another member recently replaced just the clutch pulley portion of the assembly on his coupe--pita but got it done for cheap.
 
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