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My drive belt broke on my 1999 Chrysler Cirrus Now the mechanic says its a/c compressor how do I know if it really is that

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Cris, If your feeling uncertain of the diagnosis, don't hesitate to take it somewhere else to get a second opinion. An a/c compresser can be pretty pricey. Was your AC not working before the belt broke? If it was, definitely get another opinion. Good Luck, Amy Mattinat

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Cris, It's very possible that the belt broke because there is a problem with the a/c compressor. If the compressor seizes then the belt is forced to slide on the pulley and will eventually break. You need to look and see if the belt that broke actually runs the a/c compressor as well, then you'll know if what they're telling you is true. Lori

Patty Streeter,  at Cris, Make sure that when you take your car into a shop that you only visit an ASE Blue Seal shop. You can find one in your area by going here: Now, check out our expert answers!

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