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1998 T/A air conditioning noise

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    1998 T/A air conditioning noise

    Hey guys i was driving my t/a and i had the windows up tops on and my a/c was running for about 20 min while i was driving....when i stopped i heard a very annoying loud chattering noise and i knew what it was from my friends t/a. as soon as i turned the air off the noise stopped but when i turned it on again the engine shut off. when i turned it on the noise was there while the a/c was on again.....suggestions? car has 45,000 original miles

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    I had this happen once two years ago and it has never done it since, I keep waiting for it to return, hope you find out what it is

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    It could be the AC belt/tensioner (not much $$$), the AC compressor (more likely, and way more $$$), or it could possibly be the fan (not likely, and less than half the $$$ of compressor).

    Or it may have been an abberation, and not come back. Let's hope that is what it was.

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    well it isnt the fan i know that for a fact because when i just turn they key and not start the engine and turn the fan on it sounds healthy and normal and when i turn the car on and the a/c turns on it makes a loud noise like a card in a bicicles rim you know? but even if the engines running and i just turn the fan on it sounds normal HELP!!!

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    well it aint the fan i know that for a fact.....cuz even when the engines running and the fan is blowing (not a/c just the fan) it sounds fine but as soon as i put it on MAX or A/C it makes a noise like a card in a bicilcles rim you know? i dont know what to do

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    mine did the same after romping on it with the a/c on. Compressor cant handle high rpm, supossed to cut off around 4 grand but 98's have a glithch and dont do so. Get a new compressor. your sending metal shavings into a/c system if u run it like that

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    pleeze forgive my spelling and such. been drinkin

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    Try adding some of the compressor oil charge to it. Quite my Toyota down, it just need some 134 and a can of oil charge and it was food again.

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