My 2003 Subabru Forester AC Compressor sems to have seized. Is it merely the clutch or something inside the compressor?
My 2003 Subaru AC Compressor seems to have seized. Do you think it is the clutch or something inside the compressor?
Honestly, based on your description- I'd replace the entire compressor. They aren't too expensive... I just replaced on for $200.00
couple quick checks you can make - test for voltage at the plug - if you are getting voltage, then chances are the climate control is trying to turn it on. If you are not, then i'd start looking for an electrical problem - that could range from a fuse to an issue with the climate control/computer. if there is, then WITH THE ENGINE OFF tap the clutch a few times lightly with a heavy wrench or hammer, then start the motor and see if it "clicks" in - you can also listen for the click to see if it is engaging when the engine is running normally - if you hear a click and see it spin and stop spinning on a regular basis, chances are there is a problem either with the charge or with the compressor itself. if it is NOT clicking into place, but receiving voltage, then you may be able to replace just the clutch - if you can source the part. replacing the compressor should be done by a professional shop, as failing to pull a vacuum and removing all traces of aftermath of the burnout will best case significantly shorten the lifespan and efficiency of the replacement compressor, worst case cause another failure in a short period of time. additionally, if there is a charge issue, then the underlying cause of the likely leak needs to be addressed or you are wasting your money on the compressor.
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