ALTERNATIVE SKODA FIX
I am an avid reader of CM and always turn to Steve Rothwell’s Tales from the Workshop first. For the July 2018 issue, I was pleased to find that, for the first time, I outperformed him! An alternative to Steve’s fix for the thrown drivebelt on the Skoda Octavia is to replace the clutch, bearing and/or electromagnet on the compressor. Obtaining these components is possible by making a note of the manufacturer’s name and the model number of the compressor – the sticker on the compressor will allow you to identify these (see photo). An internet search will locate a suitable supplier, then it’s simply a case of waiting for the bits to arrive. The clutch components are generally held on by a single nut and two circlips.
I have just replaced the clutch on a Sanden PXV16 compressor on a Volvo V50 1.6 D2 in this way. The repair meant that I did not need to vacuum out the system, replace the drier or regas the system, saving a considerable amount of time and money.
Removing the auxiliary belt and unbolting the compressor allowed just enough room to complete the operation. The washer/spacer in the clutch hub needs to be used again and the circlips needed to be recycled, so don’t discard anything until the job is complete.