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Old 14 Jun 2011, 01:59 pm
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Default 1996 Civic Air Compressor Failure

My 96 civic (Canadian LX) was parked for 8 hours and suddenly emitted a loud hissing noise which was apparently the refrigerant escaping. My mechanic said the problem is the compressor. I was surprised by that, partly because I thought a compressor problem would more likely happen when the compressor is turning, but I assume he knows the difference between a broken compressor and a broken pipe.
So, should I ask him to cut the belt? He said that it wouldn't do any harm for the compressor to keep spinning and there's no reason to cut the belt, but at the very least I'd expect a bit of drag for nothing. Is there any risk of seizure?
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