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Although rare, there are instances where the AC compressor clutch won’t disengage. When this happens, the A/C system pressures can build (or drop, if the system has a leak) to dangerous levels, leading to major system damage.
On the other side of things, if your AC compressor clutch is stuck such that it cannot engage the compressor at all, then you’ll be stuck with nothing but hot air blowing into your car. Spoiler: This is not fun, especially if you’re clothed. And I sure hope you’re clothed while driving.
Depending on your car, a failing AC compressor clutch (which, of course, results in a failing air conditioning system) may trigger some indicator lights. For instance, you may have an AC button that flashes a few times, as though it’s being turned on and off.Get a Quote 1-Year | 12,000-Mile Warranty
It’s perfectly safe to drive your car with a busted AC compressor clutch. As long as you’re at a safe temperature, you can drive.
But you’ll likely be miserable, and a malfunctioning AC compressor clutch can cause further problems in the AC system over time, thus making your repair more costly. So, just handle this one as soon as you can.
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