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Exedy
2003 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.5L Exedy - Stage 2 Cerametallic Clutch Kit

P311-17309C9    06952A  New

Qty:
$752.13
Exedy Clutch Kit
  • SPORT KIT CER
  • Ductile Casting; Thick Ceramic Facing; 250mm; 24T/25.6mm Spline Clamp Load: 2271 lbs.~ Clutch Torque: 574 ft./lbs.~ Clutch Torque: 558 ft./lbs.~ Torque At Flywheel: 444ft./lbs.~ Torque Capacity At Wheels: 355 ft./lbs.
  • Stage 2 Cerametallic Clutch Kit
  • Stage 2 Cerametallic clutches are designed to handle the abuse of high power modified engines. Our Cerametallic friction material can handle much more abuse than stock type disc assemblies without slipping and fading. The THICK discs have better heat capacity and therefore better durability in demanding applications. Even with the THICK disc, our three and four puck designs typically have less inertia than a stock disc and work well for street, rally and track use.
Brand: Exedy
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2003 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3498
Exedy
1985 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Exedy - Stage 2 Cerametallic Clutch Kit

P311-4031E3E    06950A  New

Qty:
$478.41
Exedy Clutch Kit
  • SPORT KIT CER
  • Ductile Casting; Thick Ceramic Facing; 240mm; 24T/25.6mm Spline Clamp Load: 1765 lbs.~ Clutch Torque: 429 ft./lbs.~ Torque At Flywheel: 343ft./lbs.~ Torque Capacity At Wheels: 275 ft./lbs.
  • Stage 2 Cerametallic Clutch Kit
  • Stage 2 Cerametallic clutches are designed to handle the abuse of high power modified engines. Our Cerametallic friction material can handle much more abuse than stock type disc assemblies without slipping and fading. The THICK discs have better heat capacity and therefore better durability in demanding applications. Even with the THICK disc, our three and four puck designs typically have less inertia than a stock disc and work well for street, rally and track use.
Brand: Exedy
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1985 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 181 2960
Exedy
1985 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Exedy - Stage 1 Organic Clutch Kit

P311-2D105AF    06803A  New

Qty:
$362.09
Exedy Clutch Kit
  • SPORT KIT ORG
  • Ductile Casting; 240mm; 24T/25.6mm Spline Clamp Load: 1765 lbs.~ Clutch Torque: 369 ft./lbs.~ Torque At Flywheel: 295ft./lbs.~ Torque Capacity At Wheels: 236 ft./lbs.
  • Stage 1 Organic Clutch Kit
  • EXEDY Stage 1 Organic Racing Clutches only use premium friction materials that are resistant to slippage and burst. Increased clamp loads give the necessary capacity to handle modified engines. This is the ideal clutch for street and light horsepower track use. Drivability is similar to the stock clutch. Pedal efforts will be slightly higher because of the higher clamp loads. All of our Stage 1 clutch discs have spring center dampers to reduce drivetrain shock and provide smooth clutch engagement.
Brand: Exedy
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1985 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 181 2960
Exedy
1984 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 2.4L Exedy - OEM Replacement Clutch Kit

P311-05F7E65    06009  New

Qty:
$148.71
Exedy Clutch Kit
  • OE CLUTCH KIT
  • Disc Diameter 225mm; 24 Spline; Major Diameter 1 in.
  • OEM Replacement Clutch Kit
  • Exedy is the leading manufacturer of racing clutches in Japan and supply all six factory vehicle manufacturer's race teams. Unlike our competitors, our clutches are NOT rebuilt OE, or modified stock clutches. ALL EXEDY racing and performance clutches are engineered, designed and built from the ground up as race clutches, in the shadow of the OEM products. EXEDY's product innovations are patented worldwide and developed in house using state of the art design, inspection and testing equipment. Before any design goes into production it goes through rigorous tests that simulate severe driving conditions, which ensure perfect performance in your vehicle. Additionally, no part will leave the EXEDY factory without a robotic and visual inspection, which guarantees quality you can stand behind.
Brand: Exedy
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1984 - Nissan Maxima L 6 Cyl 2.4L - 2393
Exedy
1995 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Exedy - OEM Replacement Clutch Kit

P311-360BA11    06044  New

Qty:
$221.55
Exedy Clutch Kit
  • I30; Maxima 85-01
  • Disc Diameter 240mm; 24 Spline; Major Diameter 1 in.
  • OEM Replacement Clutch Kit
  • Exedy is the leading manufacturer of racing clutches in Japan and supply all six factory vehicle manufacturer's race teams. Unlike our competitors, our clutches are NOT rebuilt OE, or modified stock clutches. ALL EXEDY racing and performance clutches are engineered, designed and built from the ground up as race clutches, in the shadow of the OEM products. EXEDY's product innovations are patented worldwide and developed in house using state of the art design, inspection and testing equipment. Before any design goes into production it goes through rigorous tests that simulate severe driving conditions, which ensure perfect performance in your vehicle. Additionally, no part will leave the EXEDY factory without a robotic and visual inspection, which guarantees quality you can stand behind.
Brand: Exedy
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1995 - Nissan Maxima GXE V 6 Cyl 3.0L 182 2988
Exedy
2006 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.5L Exedy - Stage 1 Organic Clutch Kit

P311-3C6E283    06804A  New

Qty:
$509.90
Exedy Clutch Kit
  • SPORT KIT ORG
  • Ductile Casting; 250mm; 24T/25.6mm Spline Clamp Load: 2271 lbs.~ Clutch Torque: 480 ft./lbs.~ Torque At Flywheel: 383ft./lbs.~ Torque Capacity At Wheels: 307 ft./lbs.
  • Stage 1 Organic Clutch Kit
  • EXEDY Stage 1 Organic Racing Clutches only use premium friction materials that are resistant to slippage and burst. Increased clamp loads give the necessary capacity to handle modified engines. This is the ideal clutch for street and light horsepower track use. Drivability is similar to the stock clutch. Pedal efforts will be slightly higher because of the higher clamp loads. All of our Stage 1 clutch discs have spring center dampers to reduce drivetrain shock and provide smooth clutch engagement.
Brand: Exedy
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Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
2006 - Nissan Maxima SE V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3498
Exedy
2003 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.5L Exedy - OEM Replacement Clutch Kit

P311-2B58DA4    NSK1002  New

Qty:
$303.92
Exedy Clutch Kit
  • Nissan:Altima; Maxima 02-06
  • Disc Diameter 240mm; 24 Spline; Major Diameter 1 in.
  • OEM Replacement Clutch Kit
  • Exedy is the leading manufacturer of racing clutches in Japan and supply all six factory vehicle manufacturer's race teams. Unlike our competitors, our clutches are NOT rebuilt OE, or modified stock clutches. ALL EXEDY racing and performance clutches are engineered, designed and built from the ground up as race clutches, in the shadow of the OEM products. EXEDY's product innovations are patented worldwide and developed in house using state of the art design, inspection and testing equipment. Before any design goes into production it goes through rigorous tests that simulate severe driving conditions, which ensure perfect performance in your vehicle. Additionally, no part will leave the EXEDY factory without a robotic and visual inspection, which guarantees quality you can stand behind.
Brand: Exedy
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2003 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3498
Beck Arnley
2006 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.5L Beck Arnley

P311-52FDD5E    061-9439  New

Qty:
$322.20
Beck Arnley Clutch Kit
  • NEW CLUTCH SET - IMPORT
  • NEW; Original Replacement Service set: Flywheel not included DIAMETER INCHES 9 3/4" SPLINE DIAMETER 1 # OF SPLINES 24 Splines DIAMETER MM 250mm
  • Beck/Arnley parts meet foreign nameplate OE specifications for form, fit and function. Our product specialists work with a network of global sourcing partners so you can install the right part with confidence.
Brand: Beck Arnley
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2006 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3498
Rhino Pac
1984 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 2.4L Rhino Pac - OE PLUS

P311-523BB9D    06-044  New

Qty:
$108.08
  • 9-1/2'' Nissan clutch kit
  • From 10/84; Flywheel Spec: .004+
  • OE PLUS
  • Product Attributes:
    • CLUTCH COVER TYPE: Diaphragm Style
    • DISC SIZE (IN.): 9.500 X 1.000 X 24t
    • KIT INCLUDES FLYWHEEL: No
    • KIT INCLUDES SLAVE CYLINDER: No
    • Pressure Plate Size: 9.5
    • UPGRADE HP RATING: Na
Brand: Rhino Pac
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1984 - Nissan Maxima L 6 Cyl 2.4L - 2393
Rhino Pac
1984 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 2.4L Rhino Pac - OE PLUS

P311-523BB9D    06-044  New

Qty:
$108.08
  • 9-1/2'' Nissan clutch kit
  • To 9/84; Flywheel Spec: .004+
  • OE PLUS
  • Product Attributes:
    • CLUTCH COVER TYPE: Diaphragm Style
    • DISC SIZE (IN.): 9.500 X 1.000 X 24t
    • KIT INCLUDES FLYWHEEL: No
    • KIT INCLUDES SLAVE CYLINDER: No
    • Pressure Plate Size: 9.5
    • UPGRADE HP RATING: Na
Brand: Rhino Pac
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1984 - Nissan Maxima L 6 Cyl 2.4L - 2393
Rhino Pac
2001 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Rhino Pac - OE PLUS

P311-523BB9D    06-044  New

Qty:
$108.08
  • 9-1/2'' Nissan clutch kit
  • Flywheel Spec: .004+
  • OE PLUS
  • Product Attributes:
    • CLUTCH COVER TYPE: Diaphragm Style
    • DISC SIZE (IN.): 9.500 X 1.000 X 24t
    • KIT INCLUDES FLYWHEEL: No
    • KIT INCLUDES SLAVE CYLINDER: No
    • Pressure Plate Size: 9.5
    • UPGRADE HP RATING: Na
Brand: Rhino Pac
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2001 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 182 2988
Rhino Pac
1994 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Rhino Pac - OE PLUS

P311-523BB9D    06-044  New

Qty:
$108.08
  • 9-1/2'' Nissan clutch kit
  • From 2/94; Flywheel Spec: .004+
  • OE PLUS
  • Product Attributes:
    • CLUTCH COVER TYPE: Diaphragm Style
    • DISC SIZE (IN.): 9.500 X 1.000 X 24t
    • KIT INCLUDES FLYWHEEL: No
    • KIT INCLUDES SLAVE CYLINDER: No
    • Pressure Plate Size: 9.5
    • UPGRADE HP RATING: Na
Brand: Rhino Pac
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1994 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 181 2960
Rhino Pac
1994 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Rhino Pac - OE PLUS

P311-523BB9D    06-044  New

Qty:
$108.08
  • 9-1/2'' Nissan clutch kit
  • To 1/94; Flywheel Spec: .004+
  • OE PLUS
  • Product Attributes:
    • CLUTCH COVER TYPE: Diaphragm Style
    • DISC SIZE (IN.): 9.500 X 1.000 X 24t
    • KIT INCLUDES FLYWHEEL: No
    • KIT INCLUDES SLAVE CYLINDER: No
    • Pressure Plate Size: 9.5
    • UPGRADE HP RATING: Na
Brand: Rhino Pac
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1994 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 181 2960
Rhino Pac
2006 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.5L Rhino Pac - OE PLUS

P311-4587ADF    06-073  New

Qty:
$221.04
  • 9-7/8'' Nissan clutch kit
  • DMF
  • OE PLUS
  • Product Attributes:
    • CLUTCH COVER TYPE: Diaphragm Style
    • DISC SIZE (IN.): 9.875 X 1.000 X 24t
    • KIT INCLUDES FLYWHEEL: No
    • KIT INCLUDES SLAVE CYLINDER: No
    • Pressure Plate Size: 9.875
    • UPGRADE HP RATING: Na
Brand: Rhino Pac
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2006 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3498
Sachs
1981 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 2.4L Sachs

P311-0C3694A    KF594-02  New

Qty:
$89.70
  • Clutch Kit
  • Standard; O.D : 8 7/8 ;I.D : 1 ;TEETH : 24T
Brand: Sachs
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1981 - Nissan Maxima L 6 Cyl 2.4L - 2393
Sachs
2006 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.5L Sachs

P311-0101A10    K70357-01  New

Qty:
$231.38
  • Clutch Kit
  • Standard; Kit Only; O.D : 9 7/8 ;I.D : 1 ;TEETH : 24T
Brand: Sachs
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2006 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.5L - 3498
Sachs
2001 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Sachs

P311-25691FF    KF686-01  New

Qty:
$125.32
  • Clutch Kit
  • Standard; O.D : 9 7/16 ;I.D : 1 ;TEETH : 24T
Brand: Sachs
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2001 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 182 2988
Sachs
1995 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Sachs

P311-25691FF    KF686-01  New

Qty:
$125.32
  • Clutch Kit
  • Standard; From 2/94; O.D : 9 7/16 ;I.D : 1 ;TEETH : 24T
Brand: Sachs
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1995 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 182 2988
Sachs
1999 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Sachs

P311-25691FF    KF686-01  New

Qty:
$125.32
  • Clutch Kit
  • Standard; From 4/99; O.D : 9 7/16 ;I.D : 1 ;TEETH : 24T
Brand: Sachs
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1999 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 182 2988
Sachs
1999 Nissan Maxima Clutch Kit 6 Cyl 3.0L Sachs

P311-25691FF    KF686-01  New

Qty:
$125.32
  • Clutch Kit
  • Standard; To 3/99; O.D : 9 7/16 ;I.D : 1 ;TEETH : 24T
Brand: Sachs
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1999 - Nissan Maxima V 6 Cyl 3.0L 182 2988

Latest Nissan Maxima Repair and Clutch Installation Advice

CarJunky AutoAdvice

1996 nissan maxima se

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Question From Guest on 1996 nissan maxima se

I need some advice on hydrolic clutches...My pedal keeps sticking and I am lost on what to do!

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

Hmmm? Just how is it sticking? Like it doesn't return to top when you let go?

Hydraulic refers to linkage - not the clutch itself. It's just a master cylinder to line, to flex hose , to a slave cylinder with a bleeder at the clutch end.

The pedal could stick where it pivots I suppose. Just what are the symptoms of this?

T

Is my clutch burned out?? - 97 Nissan Maxima

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Question From beecamba on Is my clutch burned out?? - 97 Nissan Maxima

Please help!! Recently bought a stick shift 97 Nissan Maxima V6; that hadn't been driven or started in about a year & a half. After having it checked out we were told it needed minor things; new alternator, new battery, tune up, etc. So we did all of that and had it smogged..it Failed!..w/ 3 codes... 1) O2 Sensor Fault 2) Knock Sensor 1CKT Malfunction. 3) Misfire detected -Cylinder3.

Besides a lil' hesitation on start up... car was running good. Then one day I had trouble going up a hill. It felt as if it wasn't grabbing the gear and didn't have power. Also, if I put in 1st & let go of clutch pedal the car doesn't turn off or even hesitate. It got worse and worse and now I can't go anywhere because it got scary to drive...(One day i was at an intersection & the light turned green, it took me until the light turned yellow to get through the intersection).

Is my clutch burned out or can it have anything to do with the Cylinder3 misfiring? Please help. Thanx in advance

Response From Hammer Time Top Rated Answer

We`would need exact code numbers, not someone's interpretation of them.

Response From MarineGrunt

Sounds like two separate issues and your clutch is toast.

1996 Nissan Maxima Transmission Problem

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Question From vbballmaster on 1996 Nissan Maxima Transmission Problem

Hello this is my first post here and I have a little bit of a problem.

I own a 1996 Nissan Maxima, 6 cylinder, and have been having problems with the transmission lately. The car was working fine and then the car would no longer shift into the fourth gear. Soon after that I could no longer shift into the third gear, followed by the second, and now I can't shift out of first so the car is just sitting in my garage.

Does anyone know what the problem could be? I was planning on getting it checked by a transmission specialist but just wondering on people's opinions on this situation.

Response From chickenhouse Top Rated Answer

Sounds like it's time to look into replacing the clutch.

no clutch fluid

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Question From Guest on no clutch fluid

I have a 1999 nissan maxima and i noticed that the clutch had lost alot of pressure and didn't think much of it. the other day i went to drive and the clutch dropped to the floor and wouldn't go into gear. i looked at the clutch fluid level and it was completely empty i added some dot 3 break fluid to it and tried pumping it but still no pressure. is there something i have to do to get the pressure back?

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

It really should NOT go empty on you unless there's a leak. Just filling it is a maybe to work again but air in lines need to be bled out but more importantly the leak found and fixed.

These can leak from the master or slave cylinder, or the flex line along the way are the popular leak items if so. Look for where it's wet from that brake fluid - it will probably show right up with a look,

T
(fix confusing first line)

Response From Fant

think the same Tom thinks

compressor

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Question From milling machine on compressor

I have a 2000 nissan maxima 6cyl. It was not cooling all that well, so I added a can of freon and purged a little air out afterwords. It now cools excellent, but now it seems to have a slight wizzing sound to the compressor. Could you tell me what you think this is.

Response From milling machine Top Rated Answer

I let some freon out, but it still has that noise. I will have to evacuate the system and put the correct amount in. Could it possible be the clutch?

Response From Hammer Time

No, it's likely a failing compressor for some reason. See if it's still noisy with the exact charge.

Response From milling machine

Thanks for responces, I will put the correct charge in tomorrow and post the results. The reason I purged it was because and old service manual I have says a 1 second purge is equivalent to pulling a vacuum with a good vacuum pump for a half of and hour ( I took some air conditioning classes years ago).

Response From Sidom


1 second purge is equivalent to pulling a vacuum with a good vacuum pump for a half of and hour .


Thats a new one to me.... Personally I believe nothing beats pulling a deep vacuum.

Now don't take this wrong, because I'm knocking you but if you remember the theory behind this I would be interested in hearing just for the fact I haven't heard it before. It won't change my routine but I still would like to hear it.....

Response From milling machine

I will try to find the manual, and post exactly what it says it was a refrigeration service manual. I will post it tomorrow if I can find it.

Response From milling machine

The service manual is maytag side-by-side refrigerator service manual. It has an alternative method for repairing sealed systems. It says ---- Sealed system sweep charge processing is a modified procedure different from the evacuation method employing a vacuum pump and micron gauge that were used in the past. Through extensive evaluation, we have concluded if the sweep charge procedure is properly done there should be no long term adverse affects on the product performace. Keep in mind that the process of flushing clean refrigerant through the system is equivalent to 20 or 25 minutes of pulling a vacuum with a vacuum pump of lower capacity than those specified. Basically, what they do is charge in about 3 or 4 ounces of freon then purge it out, they do this about 2 or 3 times or something close too this, I did not read the complete procedure.

Response From Sidom

Thx 4 the info

As HT stated that is an appliance a/c system plus it looks like they are flushing & then recharging. That would probably remove most of the moisture but not the air on an automotive system. Not to mention is now illegal.

I will tell you that procedure sound real similar to purging air out a freon tank in a recycler. Both systems have storage tanks and air goes to the top of both systems where you can purge the air off the top. An automotive system is different, the closest thing is has to a storage tank in the accumulator/reciever drier but there is no way to purge off the top.........

Response From Hammer Time

OK, first appliance refrigeration is going to be totally different but what that is saying is that they are using refrigerant as a flushing chemical to clean out the system. The air would still need to be drawn out after but the flush would probably take care of any moisture in the system that would usually be boiled away using vacuum. They refer to is as a "sweep charge", not merely venting.

Response From milling machine

Yes, but the air collects at the top of the airconditioning system. This is were the shraeder valves are, it should get most of the air out by purging.

Response From Hammer Time

Just another additional point to make here.

I don't know when that article was printed but I can tell you that method would be against federal law now, whether on an appliance or a car. You cannot purposely vent refrigerant now.

Response From Hammer Time

No, that is not true. You can't simply "purge" air from a motor vehicle.

That theory will work in a container of liquid refrigerant but there is not "top" in a motor vehicle. Besides, the big reason for vacuuming is to boil out the moisture. The air is gone in the first 5 minutes of vacuum, the rest is boiling the water out.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

I should butt out as it's already said. Air is not hiding at the top and many MVAC (Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning) systems have ports at the lowest areas so there goes that theory!

HVAC and MVAC share some principles but not all. You home has a constant RPM for example - you car doesn't!

I'm not claiming to be HVAC certified but getting moisture out is primal to A/C anything and simple venting can't do that. Worse - oils used in lubricating compressors are hygroscopic and turn acidic with moisture in motor vehicles. Total destruction if not payed attention to! I believe all PAG oils are hygroscopic and can self destruct.

Lots of things are different - gasses used, compressor styles etc. Cars since model year 1994 are all 134a - homes, refrigerators etc could be all other gasses depending on maker. An ammonia gas was or is one used for home or commercial/use!

T

PS: R-12 was discontinued new by the Montreal Accord and some 40 countries agreed not to make it new after about 1993

Response From Hammer Time

The reason I purged it was because and old service manual I have says a 1 second purge is equivalent to pulling a vacuum with a good vacuum pump for a half of and hour ( I took some air conditioning classes years ago).

That's just total nonsense. The only thing you accomplished is to vent some refrigerant into the atmosphere. Using a vacuum pump is done to boil moisture away. You certainly didn't do that.

Response From Sidom

I have to agree, it sure sounds like it could be a comp problem and you really have to make sure you have the correct charge to make that call, also make sure the belt is in good shape & the condensor is clean....... Some pressure readings, vent temps & ambient temp would be very helpful

Response From Loren Champlain Sr

milling; You can't 'just add' freon. It is a very precise measurement. Too much or too little can cause compressor damage.

Response From Hammer Time

First off, you can't purge air out of a system that has refrigerant in it. You just vented some refrigerant.

The noise your hearing is the compressor knocking now. It could be overcharged, underlubricated, running too much pressure or just getting ready to lock up.