A/C compressor locked up.European cars

Can I drive my car with a bad AC compressor?

Will a bad AC compressor affect the engine?

A bad compressor could affect the engine in your car. If yourácompressor’sápulley bearing goesábad, youráengine canástall due to the stuckácompressor or the serpentine belt may break affecting all the accessories moved by the serpentine belt.

Clutchless variable displacement piston compressors and compressor lock up. 

Clutchless variable displacement compressors have extra protection in case the compressor seizes.In the eventá a compressor failure occurs the bridges on the clutch assembly will break and only the pulley will keep running, allowing the engine to keep running.

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