Stupid question AC compressor/belt
A few days ago, my car started having this whining noice when I started it up, sounded like it was a belt problem. I took it in this morning, coincidentally, it stopped whining last night, the mechanic tells me the AC compressor went and it threw the belt off which is why the whining sound stopped. ext. cost of the repair is $800
he said the compressor looked like it had been replaced and recommended I check with the dealer who put it on to see if the part was under warranty.
had the same repair last year, but it was under warranty, and it was more than 12K miles ago, so I don't think the part is still under warranty.
the thing I forgot to ask, driving the car with the compressor/belt not working, am I at risk of damaging anything further? any recommendations on what to do in this situation?
I have a 96 Intrepid with a 3.5L, 112,000 miles