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retailagent
06-25-2012, 12:00 PM
I searched around a bit and couldn't come across much so I thought I'd throw this out to the board:

Here are the bullet points, a little more description below:
-Squealing noise similar to bad power steering happening
-Definite freon leak, has been recharged twice in the past 12 months
-Noise stops/reduces when freon is low
-Noise was only happening at engine start
-Noise is now happening while driving (today)
-Unit stopped blowing cold air all together (today)
-Freon was recharged last week

2004 7.45i: Makes a sound like a flock of small birds flew into the engine compartment (re: it sounds like a typical bad power steering noise, but a bit higher pitched), primarily when the A/C is on. It has happened upon start up previously, but not more than a couple of times. Last year I had to recharge the freon, and the noise began then. The car was driven, and then sat for about 2 months until a couple of weeks ago. For the past two weeks the sound was not happening. The A/C was blowing fairly warm, so I checked the pressure in the low valve, and it was indeed low. Freon was added once again last week. Today I took a short drive, and the noise never went away, as it typically did. Within a few miles on my back home, I turned the A/C on and off a couple of times, and noticed the noise going way when it was off, and starting again when it was on. Then it suddenly stopped blowing cold air all together.

My question is, could the squealing noise be coming from a freon leak? Or is it fairly certain that I'm looking at a full Compressor/Clutch replacement? Any other suggestions before I drop a grand + to fix the compressor?

As a side bar, anyone have a good AC tech recommendation in Vegas?

pkathee
06-25-2012, 01:14 PM
It could be presence of moisture/ condensation on the AC belt that results in slippage of the belt upon activation of the AC compressor.

Have it removed. Clean and completely dry off the belt groves on both the AC compressor and Vibration damper then install the new belt. It only costs $18 at the local auto store.

This would be a good starting point.

Good luck.

I searched around a bit and couldn't come across much so I thought I'd throw this out to the board:

Here are the bullet points, a little more description below:
-Squealing noise similar to bad power steering happening
-Definite freon leak, has been recharged twice in the past 12 months
-Noise stops/reduces when freon is low
-Noise was only happening at engine start
-Noise is now happening while driving (today)
-Unit stopped blowing cold air all together (today)
-Freon was recharged last week

2004 7.45i: Makes a sound like a flock of small birds flew into the engine compartment (re: it sounds like a typical bad power steering noise, but a bit higher pitched), primarily when the A/C is on. It has happened upon start up previously, but not more than a couple of times. Last year I had to recharge the freon, and the noise began then. The car was driven, and then sat for about 2 months until a couple of weeks ago. For the past two weeks the sound was not happening. The A/C was blowing fairly warm, so I checked the pressure in the low valve, and it was indeed low. Freon was added once again last week. Today I took a short drive, and the noise never went away, as it typically did. Within a few miles on my back home, I turned the A/C on and off a couple of times, and noticed the noise going way when it was off, and starting again when it was on. Then it suddenly stopped blowing cold air all together.

My question is, could the squealing noise be coming from a freon leak? Or is it fairly certain that I'm looking at a full Compressor/Clutch replacement? Any other suggestions before I drop a grand + to fix the compressor?

As a side bar, anyone have a good AC tech recommendation in Vegas?

retailagent
06-25-2012, 04:00 PM
Quick update: belt is shredded to pieces. Compressors seems to be spinning freely, with any luck it'll just be the belt.