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The compressor on my 1997 ford aerostar is smoking.

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This is not going to be good news for you. You are going to need to fix this immediately if turning off the A/C does not stop the smoking. The compressor is safeguarded by several cutoffs.

Turn your A/C off and use only the vent. The compressor clutch in front of the compressor is the part the belt rides on. The pulley should freewheel without the A/C on or the Defrost setting on.

If the compressor clutch fails to freewheel,disconnect the electric connection at the compressor. Should the clutch continue to turn the entire clutch(both the front and back plates) you will burn up the belt and lose every connection that belt works.

The cutouts for the compressor are suppose to blow fuses and thermal links to prevent overheating the parts. At a minimum your compressor bearings are probably destroyed and the oil and Freon have leaked out of the system. If you can still find an Obama rebate van with the A/C intact you can remove the compressor with clutch from a Salvage yard.

There are some special "O" rings on the lines that need tools designed for them and you will need an A/C shop to purge the system and refill it. Or a Vacuum purge pump is available for deposit at Autozones and Oreilys. But with the connections this is a sizeable job. Good Luck, there are no shortcuts I can give you.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010


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