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AC Compressor Clutch for Nissan

The air conditioner compressor is an essential part of any Nissan because it helps your air conditioning run properly. It includes a variety of parts, including pulleys, coils, and a clutch. It is important to understand what an air conditioner compressor clutch is and how it functions before you go shopping for a replacement.

What does a compressor clutch do?

A compressor works by putting Freon gas under severe pressure. Through a series of processes, the gas cools down and sends cold air through your air conditioning system. This part adjusts the pressure based on the settings of your interior unit.

The clutch on the compressor is important because it activates the air conditioner unit in your vehicle. It operates when a strong electrical voltage passes through its coils. Without the clutch, your vehicle's air conditioner system will not work. It helps to provide the power that your compressor needs to run.

What types of compressor clutch parts are available for a Nissan?

A compressor clutch for a Nissan typically comes in a complete package. You will thus usually install a new one instead of replacing individual parts. The type of compressors that you can get for your Nissan will vary, including models for the:

  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Nissan Versa
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Nissan Quest
  • Nissan Sentra

Typically, a clutch can be swapped between different years of a model's build. For example, a compressor clutch for a Nissan Altima from 2002 will fit on one from 2006. However, you typically cannot switch units between different vehicle models because of the motor size. So, a Sentra with a 2.5-liter engine cannot accept a clutch from a Murano with a 3.5-liter engine. The same is true of certain years in a model's run, as a 2001 Leaf may not have the same engine design as one from 2012.

The type of clutch that you add to your vehicle will also vary depending on whether you want an OEM or aftermarket choice. A remanufactured aftermarket product has been taken from a pre-owned Nissan and is tested to make sure it operates to factory specifications and standards. An OEM model, on the other hand, has not been used and comes directly from the manufacturer or your vehicle.

How do you install a compressor clutch on a Nissan?

When replacing this item, it is important to disconnect your battery to avoid a shock. Then, you need to jack up the front of the Nissan to make it easier to access. Carefully remove the air conditioner drive belt and the wiring harness from the clutch. This system is usually located near the front of most Nissan cars.

Now, you need to remove the bolts holding the system into your Nissan. Usually, this requires loosening two upper mounting bolts, two lower mounting bolts, and disconnecting all electrical items attached to the unit. Now, you can carefully remove it and replace it with a new one.