Alright, I ran the compressor on both the AC and the heater settings. I could not re-create the smoke coming through the vents, but I did verify that the compressor is indeed turning. The belt looks good, no visible damage to it. The smoke is a little further back in the well, towards the open gap where you can see straight through to the back of the compressor. There is still smoke being created, its more white smoke than blue like you get with oil burn off, and it doesn't smell as low and sweet as oil burn off does, but rather higher and sharper like rubber.
On a side note, I have worked on several different years makes and models, and nothing, I mean nothing seems as bad as a Lincoln!
So my girlfriend just called me to let me know that the car is under warranty and that all of this can be solved by taking it to the dealership. A nice little tidbit that would have been useful several hours ago.
But thank you as always for the help, you guys rock. I will post what they determine to be the cause just so you guys can file that away for future reference.
Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 3:44 PM