I had this happened before and that was what the dealer diagnosed.
It was a cracking noise, some smoke and smell coming out. Switched off
the AC immediately and haven't run it since. Will try on Friday or
Stan. You'll have to remove the compressor first (it's not THAT hard) to
get the clutch off. You will NEED complete documentation (haynes or ford
service manual) to complete the job though for all of the info. But for my
'97 Taurus, it was 4 bolts holding on the compressor, and of course the
pipes connected tot he compressor. Were your magnets coming off the clutch
too which would prevent it from engaging?
Thanks for the info, Tom. I just suspect the clutch overheated because
there was smoke coming out from the pulley area. I have not tried to
switch the AC since then...As I said it happened twice before, the
dealer taking care of it.
I will check it again.
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