AC Clutch/Compressor Problem?

Discussion in '94-95 5.0 - Specific' started by WhiteGT, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. WhiteGT

    WhiteGT New Member

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    Jan 9, 2014
    So I've had the car for a few weeks and everything was working fine. The other day I was driving with the AC on (its Florida) and the air got warm...then i heard the a/c make a noise (cant really describe it)turned it off and then a few minutes later started smelling something and saw a small amount of smoke from under the hood. Pulled over and the AC compressor was smoking around the clutch area not a ton. I poored some water on it to get it cooled down as I still had to get it home after it was cooled. I have driven the car twice since first time with a/c completely off and second with vent only both times no smell or smoke. Question is do i start with a new clutch for the a/c or get a new compressor or does anyone have any better ideas before I start taking it apart?
  2. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

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    Oct 9, 2009
    Evansville Indiana
    Welcome to the forum. I am the electrical section mod and really not sure what to say is the problem here. I am going to move it into the motor section where I am sure one of our folks will have you on the right track shortly.
  3. toyman

    toyman Active Member

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    Aug 25, 2008
    A slipping AC clutch would be indicative of a seized compressor. With the car parked turn on the AC and watch. The clutch should cycle ever few seconds. If the compressor has seized you would also see/hear the belt slipping when the clutch engages.