It's not that bad - here's an approximate step by stepSo I'm sitting here trying to find out EXACTLY how to replace a stator and reading all this chit chat and wondering when you will get to a actual replacement process and your answer in a DIY forum is to take it to a shop. Useless advice
I found standard size screwdriver works of you rest it on the frame member infront and below of the pulley. i had to drill through the inner spindle, and the outer bracket to secure them together with an awl on account of the rubber being separated. I would thank Denso personally for their innovations in making cheaper and less reliable clutch, but sarcasm would probably not translate to the same.- No need for the Autozone tool Clutch tool, instead use the 16-inch screwdriver trick (see post #139 above).
- Snap Ring Pliers: see my previous trick, attach the 45-degree tips on only 1 side, allowing the pliers to open much wider.
- Since your AC Clutch does not work, a reading of 80-90 psi (static pressure) is normal for virtually all cars out there. If the AC works as designed, once the AC compressor runs, the low-side pressure is between 30-50 psi.
- I strongly recommend that you replace all 3 relays!
Check out ackits.com i got new clutch for about $15 before shipping. beats my first choice of hulking a reman ac compressor from autozone for $250. and of couse my wifes first idea of trusting a "master mechanic" that said the compressor,dryer, and expansion valve all failed/needed to be replaced...Okay, I've completed the first read of this thread and cnn's compressor swap thread - augh, more to consider! and found all the parts online but I guess I cannot edit my post (?).
I found the stator (only, not kit I think) on ebay at $38.50 shipped (Chinese NIP081116S - does this have a thermal fuse?). Online honda parts outlets have the stator/coil kit for about $68-69 (majestic and bernardi within $2 of each other on both this and clutch) and the clutch kit for $154. I can get the Denso compressor on Amazon shipped for $231, so the options seem to be:
1) cheapest, least thorough - stator only at $38.50. Probably fix it but then I'd have an 11yo clutch/compressor at 135k miles. Probably won't last me 'til we sell?
2) clutch + cheap stator only - about $200 shipped
3) Honda clutch and stator kits - $230 shipped
4) Denso compressor - $230 shipped
It seems to me #4 far outweighs #3, and really #2 as well, even if I simply pirate the stator and clutch and stick the compressor on the shelf (or do the full replacement if evidence of leakage exists when I pull the old clutch/stator.
I'm at 135k miles on a 2005 Touring. We would like to keep the van another 4 years or so I think (at least; this is when kids graduate HS). I really would prefer to not open the system as it was cooling fine until it suddenly wasn't (lends credence to the blown thermal fuse theory as well I think), so I don't think I want to do the compressor swap - partly because of the expense but mostly just the extra hassle and the strong recommendations of changing the condenser, drier, ex valve I've seen - and iirc that's conventional wisdom wrt auto AC anyway. Any thoughts appreciated.
BTW, I have purchased the Miller tool ($50 ebay, pricey but I'm finally trying to work smarter) and am getting anxious to get this fixed (100 degrees here in the DFW!).