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Ac is out was told its the evaporator core mechanic said

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ac is out was told its the evaporator core mechanic said cant drive the car because ac compressor has no clutch and ac is always running is this true
JA: Has the clutch been slipping? Are you having any trouble shifting?
Customer: no
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 2009 dodge avenger
JA: Are you fixing your Avenger yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: no im not i was told this mechanic is lying that all ac compressors have a clutch
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: he did work before on my car that work is still under warranty he changed the compressor accumulator and condensor
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

Hey my name is***** was reading your case, and its sounds interesting to work on. How long has the A/C stopped working?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
about a week
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
about a week so because i wont give another 26 dollars i dont get another response
Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

To answer your question, I think you will be fine with no drive ability issues if you drive it like that.This is a sign that the A/C compressor has seized. Driving the car is not a problem. Your compressor will no longer engage without a clutch, it will no longer engage if it locked up. If you want to be sure if you have refrigerant still you can, but if clutched came off and you saw a cloud of smoke then there is no refrigerant.

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

Especially if you have been driving it over a week with this issue, then you should be fine (13+ years experienced, seen many vehicles all makes & models that continue to drive with no clutch). Also definitely take advantage of that warranty, he should cover that

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

Did I answer your questions?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
thank you the compressor was changed less than a year ago it has a two year warranty he said its not the compressor he is telling me the compressor has no clutch so its always running the car is parked he said if i drive it i will burn the compressor which will void the warranty
Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

whats the engine size?

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

so I can show you a diagram of what your compressor looks like

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
2.4 L
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
ok
Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

here is a picture of your compressor attached, I will also send you a ebay link of an oem used compressor that is similar to yours. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2010-DODGE-AVENGER-AC-Compressor-2-4L-09-10-17CX130-/382204009233?fits=Year%3A2009%7CMake%3ADodge%7CModel%3AAvenger&hash=item58fd225b11:g:nxUAAOSw5adZnEjX&vxp=mtr

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

Look at both the link & the attached file.

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

Did you get the pictures?

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

Hello? Is there anything else I ca help you with?

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

Hello?

Expert:  Michael Solis replied 1 month ago.

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