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I have a 2006 mazda 3i 2.0 i was driving from fort bragg, NC to california, i drove the whole way without my ac on and when i got about 20 miles from the california border i turned my ac on. it blew cold for a few moments and then started blowing hot, i came to the border and stopped and my car was billowing smoke until i turned my ac off. i drove to my desination and the next day checked my drive belts for looseness and good tread on the back, my belts are fine, but i have this really annoying squeeking sound coming from that general area and when i turned my ac on it turned my engine off, my car runs fine, but that squeeking is really annoying and i know there is something wrong, i need some help, i have to drive back to fort bragg on the 24th so i can deploy to iraq with my unit, id like to get this problem fixed before then.

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Hi there ,

What probably happened is that the AC went faulty, the AC compressor pulley got stuck, and the belt that runs the AC got stuck and started slipping over the pulley causing the smoke and wearing the belt.

The squealing noise that you hear now is probably caused by the worn belt slipping over the pulleys, and when you turn on the faulty AC, this will start opposing resistance against the serpentine belt, causing the engine to stop.

Replacing the serpentine belt may fix the squealing noise, but if you turn on again the AC , this will probably damage again the belt, and may also cause more collateral damage.

Replace the serpentine belt as a temporary solution , then replace the
AC or have it fixed.


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