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Old 09-22-2013, 08:57   #1 (permalink)
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A/C compressor noise

I have a 2002 Taurus Sport, 3.0 24V DOHC. I noticed an irregular sound when I turned on my A/C.

VISUAL INSPECTION REVEALED: There seems to be a wheel in front of the belt drive wheel on my A/C compressor that was spinning at a different RPM than the belt. But it was intermittent. At some points it would catch up to the belt drive wheel and then slip back down to a slower RPM. The noise came while it was turning at the slower RPM.

Is this a simple fix to tighten that front wheel or does this sound like a more complex problem like a new part?

If this is not enough information, please ask questions so I can articulate the problem better.

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Re: A/C compressor noise

How about a picture? I'd like to say that you should be able to tighten it down, but you need to inspect for collateral damage.
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Old 09-22-2013, 21:30   #3 (permalink)
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Re: A/C compressor noise

Sounds like the hub on the front of the a/c compressor. Several way it can fail. If that's the source it would need replaced. Probably not something you would attempt at home on a 24 valve Taurus. Compressor needs to come off of vehicle to change. Without the equipment to recover and recharge ac not doable.


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Old 09-23-2013, 17:10   #4 (permalink)
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Re: A/C compressor noise

I captured a few seconds of video of the wheel slipping and posted it on Youtube here. Better idea of what it looks like and what it sounds like.

No bueno if I have to take this to a mechanic but you're right, I don't have the tools to goof around with pressurized lines full of chilly gas.

Here is the link:

Slipping wheel on compressor - YouTube

Thank you both for your expertise.
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That looks like a compressor pull.
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Old 09-23-2013, 17:44   #6 (permalink)
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Re: A/C compressor noise

Looks like a worn out clutch or a bad compressor clutch coil.
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