The type of belt doesn't matter. Depending on how the clutch fails, typically you won't get cold air from the AC system, but it is possible for the clutch to lock up and not disengage. That will make the AC compressor run all the time. Other than the drop in fuel mileage that doesn't hurt but usually the pulley will wobble causing the belt to squeal loudly or fall off. That WILL be a problem because it will result in loss of power steering, engine overheating, and the battery running down.
After running the engine for a few minutes, carefully feel the front of the clutch. If it's much hotter than the engine, it's slipping.
Friday, June 22nd, 2012 AT 5:03 AM