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Q: Serpentine belt/AC Compressor

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When my car is running I can hear a grinding noise. A few weeks ago my AC compressor stopped working (the clutch would not engage, so the compressor would never activate). Could the AC compressor have anything to do with the noise?

A: The A/C compressor or the compressor pulley...

The A/C compressor or the compressor pulley bearing may be the cause of the noise you’re hearing. You should also check the idler and tension pulleys while you’re at it.

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