Without knowing what the pressure readings are from the high and low side AC lines, I have to guess. Hopefully the system is just low on freon.
The noise from the glove compartment, does it sound like steam pressure being vented?
And yes, you notice a loss of power when the AC is on, the compressor is using some of the power that you normally have when you are driving.
Saturday, July 11th, 2009 AT 7:37 PM