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Car AC compressor clutch

What is an AC compressor clutch? A car AC compressor clutch is used to connect and disconnect drive power to the car’s AC compressor shaft. Unlike a car’s transmission clutch, an AC compressor clutch is either transmitting full drive power to the AC compressor or not—it’s not supposed to provide partial power. A slipping AC compressor clutch is a sign of severe wear, shorted clutch coil or an incorrect air gap (explained later). Some engines use a dedicated drive belt to drive the AC compressor, while others use a drive … Read More

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