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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-17-2003, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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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
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Rj, i have not had my belt on my a/c for the last 3 years, and other than no a/c, i havent had any adverce effects
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cool, oddly enough, I still get cool air when I selct that, but whatever. it's winter, so I can at least wait till I can afford to fix it, or if I want to.

thanks for the info
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If an A/C compressor siezes it should still freewheel on the pulley. When the clutch is energized the belt will try to turn it, so unplug the + lead to the comp.
If the clutch is also defective there's not much choice but to replace the comp.
Running without the serpentine belt means you won't have an alternator or power steering either. (the water pump runs off the timing belt).
One other soution; find a much shorter serpentine belt to go over the crank, alt, PS, and idler pulleys only.
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If an A/C compressor siezes it should still freewheel on the pulley. When the clutch is energized the belt will try to turn it, so unplug the + lead to the comp.
If the clutch is also defective there's not much choice but to replace the comp.
Running without the serpentine belt means you won't have an alternator or power steering either. (the water pump runs off the timing belt).
One other soution; find a much shorter serpentine belt to go over the crank, alt, PS, and idler pulleys only.


so I need to put a belt on so my power steering doesn't go out?

I've had that happen before, wasn't fun at all.
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If an A/C compressor siezes it should still freewheel on the pulley. When the clutch is energized the belt will try to turn it, so unplug the + lead to the comp.
If the clutch is also defective there's not much choice but to replace the comp.
Running without the serpentine belt means you won't have an alternator or power steering either. (the water pump runs off the timing belt).
One other soution; find a much shorter serpentine belt to go over the crank, alt, PS, and idler pulleys only.
what are you talking about? the 3.5 uses separate belt for the A/C
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>what are you talking about? the 3.5 uses separate belt for the A/C

OOPS!
I stand corrected. Thanks.
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Yep, I haven't had a belt for over a year on that damned compressor (mine seized and I don't even care to fix it). You won't have A/C, but nothing else in my car has been affected. And I could care less about A/C.
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i removed all of my ac stuff.. condenser, compresserm, lines hoses, etc. etc. with the intrepids (or any car with seperate ac belts) its suppose to increase like 5% HP or something because youre taking some of the stress off of the flywheel....
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i removed all of my ac stuff.. condenser, compresserm, lines hoses, etc. etc. with the intrepids (or any car with seperate ac belts) its suppose to increase like 5% HP or something because youre taking some of the stress off of the flywheel....
Well you did not increase the HP. You decreased weight.

If you don't need A/C its fine. But if you do, its not a good thing to do.

You see the refrigernat carries the lubricants for the A/C. So even in winter time you need to start it atleast once every week.

If you just remove it, you can just throw it out.
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makes sense doesnt it... i need to get some results on that tho.. it seems like removing a belt from the flywheel would do something.... one less thing causing resistance?
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