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Old 01 Jun 2011, 07:15 pm
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So about two months ago on a rather abnormally hot day I was driving down to see some family members and running the AC non stop. The compressor was making a grinding/screeching noise when it was cycling. I knew this wasn't a good thing but the compressor seemed to be operating just fine as I had nice cool AC. I figured I just needed to tighten the belt...well I was wrong. After stopping at a stop light we noticed smoke coming out of the hood and a strong burning rubber smell. As my PT is NA I knew this was a smell that shouldn't be happening.
Turns out the clutch hub was loose and had melted the rubber bushing that secures the outer clutch disc with the inner shaft (dampening I assume). Anyhow, I bought a clutch repair kit and changed out the hub. Well know when I turn on the AC, I bog and kill the engine. Seems to me like the compressor is froze but I don't know for there a way to check this?

How hard is it to remove the AC? It looks like it's just right there but sometimes the easiest looking projects are nightmares.
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Old 01 Jun 2011, 11:52 pm
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Default Re: COmpressor locked up?

if it kills the motor thats a sure sign its time has come
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