First time here. I have a 2002 Mazda Protege
197000 miles, 2.0. The ac started acting up a few months ago, it would start blowing cold and then 20 minutes later nothing but warm air. I tried the recharge kit, seemed to help a little, meaning the air was colder for the 1st 20 minutes or so, then back to warm. Around this time, we noticed some "noise" coming from the general direction of the ac compressor. So looked at it and someone suggested it was the ac clutch going. I started looking to see if I could get just the clutch and replace that only as I didn't want to replace the entire compressor if I didn't need to. Last night I started to smell rubber burning, assumed it had something to do with the ac, let the car cool down, then before heading to bed remembered to put the windows up, car would not start. I assume the clutch/compressor something is just stuck now.
So at this point what are my options?
1) Find and just replace the clutch?
2) Find an ac place and replace the entire compressor? ( I don't have the tools to vacuum out the ac lines).
Thanks in advance.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 AT 1:01 PM