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97 Dodge Ram Compressor/Clutch noise

dodge20012002 on Thu June 05, 2008 10:16 PM User is offline

Year: 1997
Make: Dodge
Model: Ram 1500
Engine Size: 360
Refrigerant Type: r134
Ambient Temp: 85
Country of Origin: United States

Ok, I just bought this truck 138k and very nice for age/miles.

The a/c works well blows cold and consistent even in the hot humid weather.

When the a/c is engaged I hear a sound from the compressor/clutch, almost like the sound a bad water pump or idler pulley would make. When I turn the a/c off the noise stops. Its only noticeable at idle with the window open.

I would like to believe that its just the clutch/bearing, but I have a bad feeling its the compressor since I only hear the noise with the clutch engaged. I see no signs of leakage from the compressor (oily residue).

Any thoughts?

GM Tech on Thu June 05, 2008 10:33 PM User is offline

Sounds like clutch drag-- how wide is your airgap? Take belt off- spin pulley- does it rub clutch -- does it spin freely and easily??

The number one A/C diagnostic tool there is- is to know how much refrigerant is in the system- this can only be done by recovering and weighing the refrigerant!!
Just a thought.... 65% of A/C failures in my 3200 car diagnostic database (GM vehicles) are due to loss of refrigerant due to a leak......

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