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If the ac compressor clutch gives was can this make the engine stop?

If the ac compressor clutch gives way can this kill the engine?

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If the bearing for the belt pulley on the compressor seizes, the engine can quit and even appear to be seized as well. Remove the a/c belt and try to start the engine.

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