Q: I'm wondering if it'll be a good idea to take out the whole ac compresser from my car?

asked by on August 17, 2017

I have a 97 Infiniti i30 and the ac isn't working. The engine check light stays on because of it. I don't need ac. I was reading that I could pull out the ac compresser. I don't know if that'll help though.

Warning Light is on Inspection $79.99 - $99.99 Get a Quote

The check engine light is supposed to come on if the controller detects a problem with the car that would effect the vehicle emissions. So it warns you of bad sensors, air leaks, misfires, overheating, and that sort of thing. I’m at a loss to imagine what kind of air conditioner malfunction would cause the CEL to come on. As for removing the compressor, if it is driven by a belt that doesn’t run on anything else, you may get away with it, but most cars have the AC compressor as an integral part of the belt drive and cannot work without it. Before you perform major surgery, I think you should verify that this is what you want or need to solve your problem. If you contact Your Mechanic, you can have a technician come out to your home or office to read the codes on your car and let you know what it will take to solve your problem.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

Water blowing out tailpipe.

The first thing I would have to ask is if the cooling system is getting low on coolant. Does the engine run rough or misfire? The water coming out of your tail pipe may be just that, water due to...

New ignition lock cylinder and assembly installed but won't start up?

Claimed by John Hege

When the hot air is turned on, the drivers side blows cold and passenger side blows hot.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. On most imports and some domestic cars, there the AC blend door distributes the air to different vents when the option is selected. This component is controlled by an electric actuator. Sometimes the fuse...

Wheel locked up

Hi. The parking brake system on the Maxima uses 3 cables. One control cable from the handle, and one cable going to each rear wheel brake caliper. A visible inspection of both calipers needs to be administered with both the...

I have a loss of power when acceleration the car does not drive pass 10 or 15mph I change the plugs and also change the fuel filte

This may be result of a failing or dirty mass airflow sensor. This is a unit that is responsible for regulating the air flow into the engine as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor....

Check engine light is on with error code P052B. Reset the ECM 3 times. Car is running fine. What could be wrong?

Hi there. The code is on for multiple different sensors that you would need to check. Check for a faulty Crankshaft position sensor, a faulty Camshaft position sensor, a faulty intake valve timing control solenoid valve, or a faulty intake...

Check engine light P0017ECT - 1998 Volvo S90

Hi there. There are a few different things that can cause this. Most of the time though, this is caused by an issue with the TCM or a power issue to the TCM. I usually start by testing the ignition...

green security light doesn't come on all the time

As you know, your car is equipped with an anti-theft system that is operated by sensors typically on the doors that allow the anti theft system to be set when the doors are shut. When you shut your car door...

had to replace rear brake caliper, is parking brake cable just worn out? Cant get it back on caliper!

You should install the brake cable before installing the brake caliper. You may have to turn in the caliper again to get it back over the rotor when installing it. If you want to have this done for you, a...

Related articles

P0358 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil H Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
Trouble code P0358 means the powertrain control module (PCM) has failed to receive a valid pulse signal from ignition coil H
P0709 OBD-II Trouble Code: Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P0709 P0709 code definition The P0709 code is known as Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Intermittent. What the P0709 code means The meaning of P0709 varies slightly among makes and models, but in general, this code indicates that the PCM (powertrain...
How an Automatic Transmission Works
An An automatic transmission allows a vehicle engine to operate within a narrow speed range, just like a manual transmission does. As the engine achieves higher degrees of torque (torque is the rotational power of the engine), the gears in...