View Full Version : A/C Compressor Tensioner...

1 ate T
04-21-2007, 12:51 PM
It broke off somehow... Anybody know if that tensioner comes off of the compressor? Or will I need to buy a whole new one...?

Does anyone know what the socket size for the screw is down there?

04-21-2007, 12:53 PM
IIRC there are two or three hex head bolts about 6mm. The tensioner is NOT part of the compressor.

1 ate T
04-21-2007, 12:54 PM
Do you know if I'll have to remove the compressor to get the tensioner off?

Florida heat is a biatch, and it's only April... I was fine in Ohio, but my belt will not stay tight...

04-21-2007, 01:34 PM
you dont have to remove the compressor to get the tensioner off

04-21-2007, 02:59 PM
The only thing you may have to remove is the front lip spoiler. Would make things easier but not 100% needed I don't think.

06-09-2007, 08:55 PM
this is kickin my ass i cant seem to get on it at all il have to try takin off the lip spoiler unless someone has a trick i only have like a inch of room between the intercooler pipe and the tensioner.... im hopin i dont have to pull the front end out to get on it and get it out any help?
i changed the turbo today and was gonna do it at the same time but couldnt get it

06-09-2007, 09:26 PM
All you have to do is jack the car up and take it off from underneath. No need to remove anything. I actually just replaced my AC compressor tensioner thinking it was bad only to find out the clutch on the AC compressor was bad so I am in the market right now for a new or slightly used AC compressor. Back to the thread topic, and as I mentioned before you do not need to remove anything and purems has that part in stock and I usually get my parts from them in a day or two. It might be a little longer for you but they have good prices.

06-09-2007, 09:34 PM
yepp it just happend to my car two weeks ago

06-10-2007, 12:35 PM
what tools did ya use i tryed again today and i can get on it with a old style allen wrench but it wont turn at all pisses me off

06-10-2007, 09:38 PM
it only has to hex bolts, i cant recall what size, its totally independent from the compressor.

1 ate T= where have you been BTW.

06-10-2007, 10:00 PM
i had to use a little leverage action to crack them loose, i used a small pipe on the end of the allen just be careful not to strip them, it is a real pain when that happens, trust me i know

06-11-2007, 08:19 PM
Use a 6mm allen and a cheater bar - use something like a hollow pipe to give you better leverage and then go for it. thats what you have to do. Mine is getting here on Thursday from ECS so I'll be doing the same job -

06-12-2007, 05:59 AM
DONT ROUND OUT THE ALLEN HEAD!!!! Unless you dont want A/C for a few more days :)...

Use a a 6mm allen head socket, hold that socket tight into the head, and get a hammer a hit the ratchet to break the loctite.

I just had to retension my belt as I just replaced it. MUCH MUCH MUCH easier to take the front bumper off and loosen the support upfront. The whole support swings forward about 8-10 inches and gives you more room to work with. but if you like bloody knuckles go for it...


06-12-2007, 09:23 AM
The core support slides forward about 3". An allen bit and a 1/4" gearwrench will get you right in there and eliminate the need to constantly reposition the 'L' allen wrench.

06-12-2007, 10:03 AM
mmm.... yea 8-10 inches was an exaggeration. I know I was able to put a 2x4 piece of wood inbetween the snub and its mount to get some more room down there, so maybe you gain 3-4 inches. It seemed like 8-10 inches since tehre is SOOO much room to work in down there... NOT


06-12-2007, 11:26 AM
As mine had been off before,it was easy to move mine with a long 6mm allen key and a bit of pressure.It is fiddly,no doubt

As stated DO NOT round that baby out or the whole front will need tp come off

06-12-2007, 04:02 PM
so a guy at work finaly got it today those bolts just wouldnt come loose but it only takes 2 bolts to drop the ac compressor and then take off the turbo brace and 3 bolts i think and the whole piece that its attached to can come down then we threw it in a vice and changed it so if ya rounded them over no need to take ur front end off just thought i would share..ps my car is so quite now love it that thing was makin so much noise (who ever said 5 mins should work for audi )

06-12-2007, 09:16 PM
Yeah - just did mine like 20min ago - very simple - if you can get the bolts loose. took me maybe 30 min to R&R

06-12-2007, 09:34 PM
i was able to get an allen key in there but i couldnt turn it. i got a long small socket from my ratchet and put it over the key and was able to turn it. how the hell did you break the tension? i get it tight i hung from it, it wasnt going anywhere.

06-13-2007, 09:38 AM
i had to cut the belt and take the whole bracket out it just wouldn't come loose

1 ate T
07-15-2007, 10:30 AM
it only has to hex bolts, i cant recall what size, its totally independent from the compressor.

1 ate T= where have you been BTW.

sorry man, lol I fell off the Earth.

Ok so the heat here in Florida without A/C is kickin my ass. Anyone got the link to the part?

07-15-2007, 10:59 AM

Part number is 058 260 511.