New air compressor rattling


#1

just had air conditioning reworked in gmc pickup , new compressor sounds like bearing may be bad, will it hurt to drive it until it can be looked at & will it damage other parts if compressor were to go out?


#2

If the A/C compressor fails it will contaminate the whole system with byproducts of its self-destruction. You will have to have the receiver/dryer replaced, the whole system flushed, and maybe more parts replaced. You may never get all the debris out.

You can drive it, but I wouldn’t use the A/C until you get it looked at if you think it’s going to fail.

If instead the clutch bearing is going out, it won’t harm the A/C system if it fails, but it may seize up and destroy the drive belt, leaving you stranded at the very least.


#3

Did they add refrigerant oil to the system when they replaced the compressor?