Dodge stratus 2014 compressor locked up and will not start

Asked by Jul 27, 2014 at 03:41 PM about the 2004 Dodge Stratus SXT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a Dodge Stratus 2004 and it had the accessory belt replaced (the other belt to the alternator was ok).  When this was replaced the mechanic said the compressor needed replaced.  I left the shop and after stopping it would not restart.  The shop had told me that it would run as long as the a/c was off, when I talked to the shop the mechanic said this was no right and the compressor would break the belt even if the ac was off.  I am upset, but am wondering if a locked up compressor will cause the car to not start.  Jumping it only allowed the engine to barely turn over.

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If the compressor or clutch on it is seized it can create enough drag, especially if you have a marginal battery, to keep it from turning over. If it did start it would break the belt, the friction would burn it up in seconds

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