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Freestar Air Conditioner makes engine stop

When I turn on my AC, there is a loud noise and I once smelled the belt burning. The engine then stops running. Money is very tight, can I continue to run my car w/out using the AC. Is this easy to fix, DIY??



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Sounds like the a/c compressor is siezed, i would not recommend using the a/c, the only problem with that is when you put the defroster on the ac will kick on, the best way is to unplug the a/c compressor, if you look on the top of the ac compressor there should be a 2 wire connector, unplug it and this will disable the a/c. to fix the problem the a/c compressor needs to be replaced and the entire ac system flushed and replace the suction accumulator, orifice tube and if it has rear ac it will need a thermostatic expansion valve

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