Firstly, Hi as Im a new member. Hopefully you guys can help me out. My sister has an 156 1.8 2002 Sportswagon. Which promptly caught fire yesterday via the air con compressor seizing without warning. So maybe a safety note for other users:
Unfortunately she is not in a position to afford a replacement unit at this time, and as were on the Isle of Wight we have no local dealer to consult. Can anyone advise if I can purchase the Aux drive belt for the 1.8 without the air con and take the compressor out of the circuit for now?
You can remove the A/C from the system easily. You will also need to take out one pully (large one near the top).
The belt you need is part number 60815889. Although confirm with a dealer against your VIN number. You would need to get it from a UK dealer, but i would have thought any would post to the Isle of White. Price is around £15 for the belt.
Also if you speak with them ask for the length, if they can tell you say thanks very much, take that length and your old belt to a local motor factors and they will supply a replacement. (you have to take your old belt as some belts have 6 grooves, and some 5).