Q: .can the clutch on a.c. compressor freeze up taking out serpentine belt, and a.c. compressor be ok

asked by on

serpentine belt eaten, pulley on compressor won't turn. Can it be as simple as a.c. compressor clutch?

My car has 100000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

As you may know the AC Clutch is the pulley that spins with the Belt. There are two ports on the rear of the Compressor. One is a Suction Port and the other is the Discharge Port. The Suction port is going to be your larger port and the Discharge port is going to be the smaller port. Refrigerant is sucked into the Suction port, compressed and then it exits out the Discharge Port, then entering the A/C Condenser. Your vehicle’s AC Clutch consists of the Hub, the Pulley, and the coil. The front part of the A/C Clutch is the Hub. Next is the pulley, which is where the belt rides. Finally, under the pulley is the coil, also called a field coil. The Coil is a copper would wire, that functions like a magnetic coil. If the AC Compressor is powered up, electricity engages the coil, and when this happens, it also engages the pulley. When the AC clutch seizes, this is plenty of force and power to chew up the belt in no time. I would recommend having an expert from Your Mechanic come to your home to take a look at your AC system and repair it.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. .can the clutch on a.c. compressor freeze up taking out serpentine belt, and a.c. compressor be ok

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Air conditioning and heating not working after accident

The front right side viewed from the driver seat is where the AC compressor is located. The front left side viewed from the driver seat is where the transmission is located. If all of a sudden the AC quit working...

Q: Car won't start - 2006 Ford Escape

Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle's no crank appears to be more than a battery or starter problem. It could be poor terminal connections at the battery and/or the other end of the battery cables. Check...

Q: Transmission filter location? 2008 Kia Rondo

Hello - this transmission has the filter integrated between the valve body, and main case of the transmission. It is NOT serviceable without some disassembly of the transmission, and is not intended for fluid and filter service as most transmissions...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...