Question about 1997 Mercury Mountaineer
Yes its okay to drive if you are referring to the A/C compressor clutch. The outer part in front of the belt is a magnetic clutch. When the A/.C or the Defrost is not turned on, the pulley will freewheel.
If the A/C does not work when turned on, the Safety switches are probably preventing the magnetic clutch from engaging. This is the way it is designed. If you are not having a problem cooling then everything is normal. It is even normal for the magnetic clutch to cycle off and on. When the A/C is turned on, the magnetic clutch should be on more often than not.
If the car does not cool down you have a Freon problem which can be an easy fix depending on the amount of Freon in the system. It is safe to drive with or without the A/C.
Posted on Oct 05, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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