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Old 04-30-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Ac compressor gone bad, should i not drive like this?

My AC compressor blew yesterday, the clutch appears to be screwed up in someway and there's a pretty awful but not unbearable whine and occasionally the smell of freon under the hood.
. I think the clutch is bad, I am going to the dealer in the morning but I have things to do tonight that require a car, would it be bad to drive with the AC compressor being junk? My engine and whatnot is under warranty but I'd rather not have it blow up anyway.

It's on an 08 wrx
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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Start your car turn ac on and see what happens when the compressor cycles. Is the belt slipping? You can drive it but that smell is probably the belt burning up and soon to bust. If you're sure that's the problem then cut the belt off and drive it to the dealership. It'll cost you an extra belt. Could take it off but might as well replace it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:43 AM   #3
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Freon doesn't have smell unless you're sniffing it straight out of the can. Then, it has a weak sweet smell to it.
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Cut the belt... You are going to have to replace it anyway, and its a $15 part.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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well its going in for a new AC compressor today anyway, I don't know if it would be a good idea to cut the belt I'm pretty sure its belted together with my crankshaft and an idler pulley.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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your crankshaft drives it (and in turn spins the compressor) but it's fine to remove. You just won't have working a/c.

Although it may help them in diagnosing that the compressor is indeed bad. Did you determine it was a bad compressor or are you just going in saying "please replace my a/c compressor."?

*i would say it's just as likely it's the idler pulley (tensioner)
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Nah I know its the AC compressor, it's currently being repaired right now, : )
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Unplug The Compressor
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:11 PM   #9
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well its going in for a new AC compressor today anyway, I don't know if it would be a good idea to cut the belt I'm pretty sure its belted together with my crankshaft and an idler pulley.
yep, for future reference though, you can safely cut that belt without issue. In fact you can safely run without ANY of the belts (other than timing belt), for as long as your battery holds out at least. (on a fully charged battery you will get roughly 30 miles or so without an alternator if you conserve electrical power) That is useful to know when you are at the side of the road and you have bearing that went out.
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good tips, thanks!
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I wouldnt drive it. Dont wanna risk something else breaking until u get the first problem fixed.
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I wouldnt drive it. Dont wanna risk something else breaking until u get the first problem fixed.


If you cut the ac belt the only thing you are going to break is a sweat.


rkramer is correct.
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