Originally Posted by mikelat
My new 1990 325i has air. Is there any reason I can't cut the belt, disconnect the pipes and take it off. I don't yet have my Bentley manual but it looks like it is driven on its own belt and the only issue I can see is what to do with the freon.
Why do you want to remove something that is working perfectly fine and at that age rather rare? YOU will regret it when the compressor seizes because the belt was removed. Also, I am not entirely sure why you want to cut it? The ac compressor runs on a floating clutch plate. There isn't any draw on the system until you engage it. If it ain't broke..don't screw with it. the ONLY reason I can foresee cutting it or removing the system if you are going to upgrade with a modern motor etc.