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My vehicle rattles when turned on and it may be affecting the ac unit as it occasionally blows warm air off and on.

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Sounds like a possible bad clutch head on the compressor or bad bearings in the compressor. Or voltage going to the compressor when the a/c is on. Voltage should be above 12 volts on the wire going to the a/c compressor with the a/c on high maximum blow. Its the single wire. Use a voltmeter on DC mode.

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