Will it hurt to drive my Jeep until I get the compressor replaced.

My husband has a compressor ordered and will replace it this weekend. It is smoking a little when I am driving it. Will it hurt to drive it short trips less than 10 or so minutes until i can get it fixed. My email address is : [email protected].

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Yes, it may cause the belt to break or cause the engine to overheat if it locks up completely. Do not drive it unless it is an emergency and overheating the engine is not a concern.

If you need some assistance with the replacement, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to the location of the vehicle to replace the compressor at your own convenience. Good luck!

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Depleted Oil

Smoke is also a result of an A/C system being depleted. It is burning up because it needs an oil charge. In this case, you should avoid running your A/C for the time being. If you continue running it, you will burn your compressor out completely.

The compressor will overheat or may even burn out thus leading to the whole system to be replaced. Thus it is advised that if you find any issues, don`t test the patience of your car`s AC and get it checked and serviced as soon as possible.
AC Compressor Making Loud Noises

Your Jeep`s AC system does make some noise when activated, and these normal noises are just a notification that the system is working correctly. But when you turn on your AC and hear unfamiliar noises, this can be a sign that your compressor is beginning to fail.

Recommended Services. A seized AC compressor can stall your engine when you turn on the air or defroster because it sends a signal to engage the clutch on the compressor, which causes more resistance than normal.
Ashes, soot and airborne particulate matter settles into HVAC units and clog internal mechanical workings. This causes motors to run harder, increased utility bills and shortens the lifespan of the unit.
Everyone knows smoking is a health risk; however, its impact on your HVAC system is perhaps one of its little known dangers. Even a new air conditioning system can suffer from excessive indoor smoking, which in turn affects the rest of your home and can lead to costly repairs or replacement.
The good news is that yes, you can drive your car without an AC compressor. This is one of those “if you can`t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” situations.
As long as the A/C compressor is not physically damaged (broken or seized), it should not effect the normal operation of the engine and transmission.
Compressors are actually very dependable (lasting on average between 12-15 years) so typically, when your AC compressor has gone bad there`s an underlying cause that needs to be addressed lest the problem reemerge even after the unit has been replaced.
When a compressor burns out, the oil becomes extremely acidic and if all this acid is not removed when the compressor is replaced, the elevated acid levels will attack the new compressor and cause another compressor motor burn-out.
Circuit Breaker Tripping

If the outside condensing unit consistently loses power and trips a circuit breaker, it may mean that the compressor is about to fail. It`s a sign that the compressor is overheating and needs too much power to do its job.

THE ANSWER. Yes, air conditioners can filter out wildfire smoke from within your home, if you use high enough grade filters and replace them frequently.
Yes, you can use your air conditioner to remove unpleasant smells from your house. The best method to achieve this is to open the windows up a little more than usual and then start the air conditioner in “ventilation” mode on one of the higher fan speeds. This will exhaust the smells out of the building.
One of the most effective ways to clean smoke from indoor environments is to attach a MERV 13 furnace filter to a box fan. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency tested this method with air monitors and found that a box fan filter reduced airborne particulate matter dramatically.
Electrical problems – Compressor failure can also occur due to a series of electrical problems, such as voltage unbalance, current unbalance, phase loss, and too low or too high voltages.
Overheating is one of the main reasons why compressors fail, and it is usually caused by not enough refrigerant in the system.
If your compressor is still under warranty, replace only the compressor. Assuming the compressor is no longer under warranty, we recommend replacing the outside unit if one or more of the circumstances also applies: Money is really short right now and you`re not sure it`ll be better anytime soon.
If the compressor is not still under warranty, you may still choose to replace it. However, you should probably opt to replace the entire outdoor unit at the same time. In most cases, this will cost only marginally more than replacing an out-of-warranty compressor alone.
Too Little or Too Much Refrigerant

In the event that the amount of refrigerant in the system is not perfect, it could create too much pressure or strain and lead to compressor failure. Too little refrigerant is most likely caused by an insufficient charge from the last technician, or from a refrigerant leak.

If you smell something burning and your system is smoking profusely, shut it off and call the fire department. If there is no smell, but it appear to be “smoking,” it may be nothing to worry about.
You will be fine as long as you don`t need or want AC in your car. Your AC pulley is a free spinning pulley that has a clutch on it. It will spin freely until you turn the air conditioning on. If the clutch doesn`t work properly, you will still be able to drive your car.
You will be fine as long as you don`t need or want AC in your car. Your AC pulley is a free spinning pulley that has a clutch on it. It will spin freely until you turn the air conditioning on. If the clutch doesn`t work properly, you will still be able to drive your car.
The car will not successfully run without a serpentine belt. The car may continue to run for a moment if the ac compressor belt breaks, but not for long. The belt also powers the alternator, which supplies engine with continuous power. Once this fails its only a matter of time until the battery dies and you stall.

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the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

Will it hurt to drive my Jeep until I get the compressor replaced.
ANSWER : Yes, it may cause the belt to break or cause the engine to overheat if it locks up completely. Do not drive it unless it is an emergency and overheating the engine is not a concern.

If you need some assistance with the replacement, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to the location of the vehicle to replace the compressor at your own convenience. Good luck!

Whenever I drive over a small bump on the road, the car gives me a small jump. If I replace the suspension will I get a smoother drive?
ANSWER : If your vehicle is having a popping noise or a bounce effect when driving over bumps, then there could be an issue with the suspension and the shock absorber. If the vehicle is clunking then there could be an issue with the control arm bushings as they could be broken or damaged. If the shock absorber is not working or leaking, then the vehicle will bounce the wheels off the ground when driving through pot holes or driving over bumps. If you need further assistance with your vehicle making a jolt feeling when going over bumps, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

If an AC compressor is bad, what else should be replaced?
ANSWER : This all depends on if the compressor came apart and sent debris throughout the entire system. If so, either the system will need to be flushed out or all of the components will need to be replaced. The next issue is your car has R12 refrigerant in it and this has to be retrofit to the replacement R134. This is a special kit to retrofit the fittings, O-rings, and other components of your vehicle.

For the compressor that is seized, you will at the very least need to replace the compressor assembly and clutch, receiver drier, expansion valve, and flush out the system. I recommend having a mechanic diagnose your vehicle to see if any other components need replaced in order to fix your air conditioner.

Honda civic 2002 makes a lowd knocking noise when the compressor is activated. I replaced the compressor, added oil, vacuum tested
ANSWER : Hi there. Since you just replaced the compressor, it may be that the AC system is overcharged making the compressor hard to turn. It is also possible the new compressor itself is defective.The best advice we can offer here is to have one of our professional mobile mechanics come to your location and complete an AC is not working inspection. This will allow them to inspect your vehicle and determine what exactly is causing this noise and then recommend a repair that should resolve the issue. Since there are multiple possible sources, providing you a good estimate for repairing this issue would be very difficult.

What would cause the clutch on an ac compressor to continue to go bad after being replaced three times?
ANSWER : The compressor clutch relay on these vehicles are a known cause of sticking on the compressor clutch and overheating the A/C compressor clutch coil. Replace the A/C relay to see if it cures the clutch going bad the next time you do a compressor clutch replacement, or replace it now if you have just replaced the clutch.

Getting it into Park after driving & Getting it out of park to drive the car.
ANSWER : You should have the shift cable disconnected from the transmission to make sure the hard shift problem is in the shift cable or shifter assembly and not in the transmission. The most common cause is going to be in the shifter mechanism due to problems in the shifter. Have the shifter cable disconnected at both ends and check to make sure it moves free or it binds and shifter moves free. You may need to replace the shifter or shift cable and would need to be isolated to what one is cause.

When replacing the AC Compressor, do I need to replace both expansion valves as well or just the front
ANSWER : Hi there. Anytime you replace major air conditioning system components like the AC compressor, it’s recommended to purchase all supporting hardware and replace it at the same time. AC works as a series of individual components working efficiently together to create cool air that flows into your cabin. As such, if you’re replacing the front expansion valve, it’s a good idea to replace the rear at the same time. This increases overall efficiency of the system, reduces the potential of small component failure and allows the parts you replaced to last longer.

The engine will not warm up to normal operating temperature. I’ve replaced the thermostat twice, replaced the waterpump and bled
ANSWER : The cooling system will not get up to operating temperature if the thermostat is not seated correctly, radiator cap not holding enough pressure or the cooling fans are on all the time wen the key is on. If you already replaced the thermostat then you should check to make sure the fans are not on all the time when the engine is running even when a/c system is turned off. If fans stay on the the relay may be stuck on or the coolant fan switch is shorted. Have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic check fan control system and check the radiator cap to make sure it is holding specified pressures.