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Compressor making lots of noise

My mother has a 1991 Buick Century (6 cyl). The A/C does not work. The compressor is making lots of noise. She was told by a Buick Dealership that it would cost $1100 to fix it. She was told that my not fixing it, the car would quit working when the compressor dies. They would not let her take the car from the shop. What does the A/C compressor have to do with the running of the car. The dealership refuses to talk to me about it. WILL THE CAR RUN WITHOUT THE A/C COMPRESSOR WORKING. Thank you in advance for your answer.


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The car will run fine until the compressor locks up. When the compressor locks up, it will burn up the belt and cause it to break. When that happens the car will lose power steering, alternator, water pump, and so on. That is why the dealership doesn't want her to drive it. The dealership however can not make her leave the car there. It is your mothers choice what she does with it. I know you can find a small garage around town that can do the same job and do it cheaper. You will need to replace the compressor as soon as possible. Also have the shop replace the oriffice tube and the accumulator. That way you can get your full warranty. I have replaced several compressors and the other items mentioned and that fixed the problem. Like I said, you can most likely get it done cheaper elsewhere. The dealership is out to get your money more than repairing your car. I hope that this was helpful. Let me know something please.

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