Air Conditioning problem
1999 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 140000 miles
We have owned this car since new and have meticously taken care of it. The A/C has always blown very cold. On a hot, humid Saturday we left our house. Driving at 40-50 MPH the A/C was cold as usual. However, as soon as we hit a red light and stopped, the A/C rapidly warmed up and actually blew rather hot air. The rest of our short trip was the same - when the car was moving, the A/C was cold, but in traffic or at a light it was hot air. I noticed the car (radiator) temperature guage was going up on the way home. At home, I lifted up the hood and almost burnt my hand of the stick to hold open the hood - clearly the temp guage was correct. I thought maybe the A/C Compressor, so I started the car with the A/C off. The pulling were turning and everything seemed fine. I turned the A/C and clutch engaged and everything was turning, but the engine appeared to be lugging - like pulling a heavy trailer. We turned the A/C off and took the car for a ride. It ran fine. The radiator temperature guage went back to the middle, where it always was.
Given these symptoms, it seems like the A/C compressor is about to seize. Is that correct? Will the car continue to operate fine if we leave the A/C off? If it is the compressor (or whatever the problem), how big a job is the repair and can I do it myself? I've changed water pumps, brakes, brake calipers, alternators, stuff like that.
Look forward to your guidance!
have the same problem?
Monday, July 27th, 2009 AT 8:30 PM