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I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am with a 3.4 v6, recently I started hearing a noise whenever I turn my A/C off. It makes a jingling/rattling noise until I turn it back on again and then it ceases. This happens occasionally not all the time. Is my clutch bad or does it need adjusted? Thanks for the help.

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Hi Dustin:

yes your right the cluth is bad on the front of the compressor. the fact that it' making that noise would also indicate that possably the pulley/hub is bad on the front of the compressor as well. On a 12 year old car cut your losses and just replace the whole compressore don't screw around replacing the hub and the clutch. You need special tools to do the job and the alignment of the clutch to hub is critical. you can find reman compressors at a fair price. Good luck :-)

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.

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Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician

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