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Is my car ok to drive with a broken fan or AC belt?

I was leaving school today and my AC was on. then i heard a snapping noise along with some loud squeeling. when i slowed down the squeeling quieted a bit and as i accellerated the squeeling got louder until about 30mph when it quit. however as soon as i slowed the nosie came back. i drove for about 2 blocks before i calmed down enough to think that i should turn off the AC. after i did so, the noise stopped completely and i was able to drive with no further problems. im assuming it was either a fan belt or the AC belt... at least im hoping it is one of those things so it wont cost me an arm and a leg.
-any ideas on what happened?
-should i be able to drive the car without risking further damage?

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Open the hood and start the car with the a/c off. Do all the components running on the drive belt seem to be working ok?
Turn on the a/c and check to see if the symptoms repeat themselves...
If with the a/c off everything is ok, then you're probably fine to drive until you can get the a/c unit serviced.
If the symptoms are happening with the ac off, then it could be an idler pulley or a water pump or alternator, or powersteering.
Best bet is to open the hood and do a bit of inspection/investigation with motor running.

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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You turn the A/C back on and the noise comes back? It sounds like the compressor might be close to locking up. Can you look in the engine compartment and see if the belt for the compressor runs around any other component?

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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