Q: Need to sort out the AC in my car, uncomfortable now

asked by on

I really like my 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, but it has some minor issues which drive me absolutely crazy! The A/C compressor died in my car at around 45,000 miles and I grudgingly replaced it, as summer was coming up. Now, the A/C has stopped working again! I'm not looking forward to possibly replacing the pump a second time. Could I be overworking the A/C or is this a normal issue? I only use my A/C in the summer.

You cannot be over working the A/C if you only use it in the summer. The A/C compressor may have failed again due to the front seal leaking from lack of lubrication, caused by non-use during the winter. I recommend running the A/C once or twice a month, year-round, just to lubricate the compressor shaft seal. You can have a certified mechanic with YourMechanic check the A/C system for proper operation and leaks.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Need to sort out the AC in my car, uncomfortable now

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: Im searching for an exhaust/muffler but dont know what all i need to order. i have a stock 2011 bmw 328i sedan and need help.

Hello there. You might want to direct your question to an online forum of BMW car owners and performance shops; as we only offer OEM service, repair and maintenance recommendations; and not an aftermarket upgrade as you're seeking.

Q: A/C compressor shims clutch

Hello. The amplifier draw for your air conditioning compressor should be between 10amp-20amp. I do not believe that there are shims in the clutch plate. The best thing to do would be to purchase a Chilton manual for your van....

Q: Our car won't start its brand new or of the dealer all we hear is clicking when we try to turn it on

Hi there. It's quite possible that your Jetta is experiencing an electrical glitch or malfunction. If your car is a 2017 Jetta and was just purchased from a dealership, I would highly recommend contacting them to determine how they'd like...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.