ODD (irregular A/C noise) on 2001 Toyota Sequoia

When the A/C clutch is engaged, I get an odd irregular noise that sounds like a bolts bouncing in a can. A/C seems to work fine....the noise doesn't seem to be related to engine speed...there appears to be some metal shavings sitting around that would need to have come from between the belt pulley and the compressor. With the serpentine belt removed, I don't feel any rough motion on the belt pulley or while turning the compressor by hand. I consider removing the A/C clutch to get a better look...is this feasible while the compressor is in the vehicle?? Any other thoughts??? Thanks...

by in Peoria, AZ on December 13, 2009
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1 answer
ANSWER by , December 15, 2009
Probably the bearing in the AC clutch is failing and about changing the clutch in the vehicle usually its done on a workbench but its possible