AC Compressor Issue on 2001 Ford Taurus

Does anyone know what size serpentine belt I can purchase to exclude my AC compressor wheel while I replace it?

by in Sebring, FL on May 08, 2009
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ANSWER by on May 11, 2009
Go to napa auto parts and tell them that you want to use a smaller belt and they will use a tape measure to figure out which belt will fit because one of the numbers on the belt package is the total measurement.
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ANSWER by on June 29, 2009
Auto Zone 822K6 belt. Just had to do this myself. It's a tight fit getting it on, but it clears the compressor pulley nicely.
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COMMENT by on June 25, 2010
Thank you for the info. My a/c compressor was getting red hot w/ a/c on which caused belt to break. called around shop to find out it'll cost me around $1,000. Bought the a/c bypass pulley for $40 to find out I had to take everything(well not everything but...) out anyway. I just did it with 822K6 from autozone for $20 and it works. I don't have a/c but this was great solution for me considering situation. Thanks ScotchnH2o. (2003 ford taurus 6cyl. flex fuel.)
ANSWER by on August 12, 2014
OK, this is obviously not going to help the person who asked this question in 2009, but maybe it will help someone. I have a 2001 Ford Taurus with 250,000 miles (I know--everyone tells me that isn't possible, but I'm just the third owner). It has a regular factory transverse V6 in it. The AC pulley went out on it recently and, instead of spending $1,000 on an AC which wasn't really working anyway, I decided to bypass it. Fortunately, on this model/engine, it bypasses without having to remove the AC and without having to put in an "AC Bypass Pulley". I simply removed the old belt, and remeasured the new length needed. I bought a Duralast S-belt from Autozone size 795K6, which also has the number, 6PK2020. UPC: 0-366687-67027-4. Incidentally, I borrowed a belt-tensioner tool from Advance Auto for free. This is far better than using a pipe or interlocked wrenches for leverage given the tight space in the engine compartment.
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COMMENT by on October 20, 2014
I'm glad you posted as I am facing the same issue. So I was told by the mechanic I can't bypass it or my defrost and heat won't work. Can you use it by bypassing the compressor.
COMMENT by on July 16, 2015
Two different posts stated two different belts - so which is it - 795K6 or 822K6? The answer is it depends on your VIN. The 8th digit of the VIN will be either an S or a U. These have different routing diagrams. When bypassing the AC pulley, does anyone know which belt to use if you have an "S", and which belt to use if have a "U"? Thanks!
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