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The compressor on my 1997 ford aerostar is smoking. It happened when I turned on the heat and the pulley got really hot to the point it started turning red. It seems like it is going to melt the belt. What do I do?

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It sounds like the compressor locked up. Do not attempt to drive the vehicle in this condition, you'll destroy the belt or just stall the engine and could find yourself walking to your next destination.

For a quick "fix", check to see if you can get a belt from a parts store that bypasses the AC. If that is available, it can keep you going until you get a chance to get it fully repaired, or just drive the vehicle without an AC indefinetly.

Otherwise, you likely need a new AC compressor and all of the components and labor that such a swap entails... which will not be cheap.

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