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So, the rescued 1998 Ram 1500 Quad Cab's owner ... ignored my advice to get her A/C leak fixed. Fried compressor, one each, seized. Broke the serpentine belt.

She limped the rest of the way home ... >3 mi,
 

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Best I can tell a belt for a 98 5.2L Ram P/U without A/C is part number 53010304AB. I didn't see any listing for a bypass pulley.

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Best I can tell a belt for a 98 5.2L Ram P/U without A/C is part number 53010304AB. I didn't see any listing for a bypass pulley.

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Much obliged. Is that a dealer-only part?
 

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aftermarket should have a listing for it. If not they may be able to cross over the part number using their interchange tools.

Side note the original part number was 53010304 before Mopar changed it to 53010304AB.

Worst case I could get one for you for about $45.00 + shipping.

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Do I really have to go the bypass pulley route? Can I not, now that the whole AC compressor with its pulley is lying in the driveway, put a standard (shorter?) belt back
There is no need for a bypass pulley. V8 engines without an AC compressor used a shorter belt and with different routing. Follow this link to information at OReillyAuto.com. There is a listing for a serpentine belt both with and without air conitioning. The belt for non-AC 5.2V8 engines is about 9 inches shorter and which is what you would expect. You could install this belt according to the diagram under the hood and operate the vehicle without an AC compressor mounted.

http://www.oreillyau...1998&make=Dodge
 
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