Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: AC compressor frozen

asked by on

I may have just froze my ac compressor. I understand that the clutch still may turn. Can i just disconect the ac compressor and use the clutch until i can get ac compressor bypass in

My car has 56600 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. If the compressor is internally seiz...

Hello. If the compressor is internally seized and the vehicle can run with the A/C off, then you are okay to just disconnect the compressor. Sometimes the failure is the bearing in the A/C pulley and will seize up causing the belt to break. If this is the case, then you will need to replace the compressor and or pulley to fix the issue. A bypass of the compressor is an aftermarket item and directions would need to be followed to install the kit.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Bad clutch

If the clutch is slipping, then a new clutch will most likely need to be installed. The flywheel will need to be inspected and possibly machined, if there are gouges or hotspots. You may want to enlist the help of...

Q: When I drive My steering is turning left and right without turning I don't know what is the problem

Hello, thanks for writing in about your 1997 Nissan Maxima. From what you've described you should have the front tires checked. One of them may have a broken/shifted belt. The tire basically becomes egg-shaped rather than round and can potentially...

Q: Car remote?

Hi there. Yes, this is a viable option that can be done via an aftermarket installation. Unfortunately, Your Mechanic does not currently offer this service. I suggest performing some research on local shops that provide a service such as this....

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...