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A new squeal coming from the air conditioner compressor area..AC

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Good evening. I have a new squeal coming from the air conditioner compressor area. It looks like the small piece on the front (part that only turns when AC is on) is broken.

snapontech :

Welcome to Justanswer

Customer:

hi

snapontech :

Good evening

snapontech :

So the mount of the AC unit is cracked

snapontech :

The part that holds the tension

Customer:

Not the mount...if you look at the front of the AC compressor...

Customer:

There is a round part that the belt goes around

Customer:

just in front of that there is another round piece with 3 studs sticking out

Customer:

it stops when the ac is off

Customer:

and moves when the ac is on

snapontech :

Yes this is because the part is broken when you use the ac it will squal

Customer:

when it is not turning, it is making a terrible noise

snapontech :

You will need to replace the part to fix the problem

Customer:

what is the name of the part

snapontech :

this is something you will want to get used

snapontech :

But this is the ac compressor mount

Customer:

it is not the mount

Customer:

it is either the clutch assembly

Customer:

or something else

Customer:

do you have a picture i can show you with

snapontech :

Let me look at it on my system to see what the part is called

snapontech :

Full Size Image

Customer:

so it's the little triangle piece on the front of the ac compressor

Customer:

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Customer:

it;s the piece on the left side of the picture...looks like it is slipping against the pulley where the belt goes

Customer:

but it turns when the ac is on and the noise goes away

Customer:

when the ac is OFF, it stops turning and the noise comes

snapontech :

This is part of the compressor

Customer:

is it the clutch

snapontech :

Yes

snapontech :

Sorry for the confusion sometimes hard to tell online

Customer:

not at all, no problem

Customer:

can the clutch be changed on this unit?

Customer:

it's a 2008 subaru impreza outback sport

snapontech :

So yes replace the compressor clutch yes it can be replaced seperately 1.8 hours of labor

Customer:

then no need to evacuate and charge the system, right

Customer:

do you directions for how to replace?

snapontech :

Yes it will need to be

snapontech :

You have to remove the compressor in order to do this

snapontech :

But I do not have the steps to replace the clutch only to replace the compressore

Customer:

may i have the compressor steps, please

snapontech :

Yes one moment

Customer:

thank you. is this a common problem? the car only has 35K on it

snapontech :

Its happens. not totally uncommon at all

snapontech :

But this will fix the problem for good

Customer:

replacing the compressor?

snapontech :

Replacing the clutch... But it maybe cheaper for you to get a used compressor and change it out could be a problem with that compressor that failed the clutch

Customer:

ok. is there a reliable place online that I can get a used compressor

snapontech :

www.car-parts.com

Customer:

ok, thanks.

Customer:

well i guess that's it. It's what i thought, but not what i wanted to hear!

Customer:

you've been helpful.

Customer:

thank you and have a good night

snapontech :

Your very welcome.

snapontech :

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snapontech :

Have a great evening Danny

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