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1996 Ford Bronco Turning on air conditioner turns off motor

I turned on the air conditioning and heard a loud squeal and smelled smoke. I was 1/2 mile away from home so drove it home without the air on. While in the driveway I turned on the air and it stalled the engine. I was able to restart the engine. Any idea what is wrong?

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From this year bronco, I would suspect that the A/C compressor is faulty. The smoke is from the fan belt slipping because the A/C compressor is locked or extremely hard to turn. The squeal is the same thing.

The only fix I know is to take out the old A/C compressor and replace with an new unit or a used one from a junk yard. You will then need to take the car in to a service station to get the system vacuum for 10 minutes under about 10 psi pressure. Then you fill with new refrigerant and you should be good to go. The filling part is hard to do unless you have some equipment, it's 30 minutes at a shop. I suggest the shop.

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