help with son's car!!!

carolb447August 24, 2008

My son has a 1994 buick regal. He purchased the car used 5 months ago, everything was fine, had it checked by a mechanic. The other day we heard a sound coming from under the hood while the car was parked and running, it had a intermittent chirping sound, and we noticed a faint amount of smoke coming off near the bottom of the belt. Anyone have any ideas as to what is wrong?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I would first suspect the AC compressor clutch.It is perhaps getting ready to lock up?Or maybe the belt is slipping when it kicks in and need replaced.Hopefully its just the belt or perhaps the tensioner and not the AC clutch.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 7:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Johndeere very likely has it correct, the AC compressor is in the bottom of the engine area, and it's a typical complaint of noise like a chirping, and if friction has caused enough heat, some "smoke" from that area.

Some of the clues are, metal shavings visible around that area. If the compressor will run, (AC is operational) many times you can cause a change in the noise by turning on or off the AC system.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 8:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thank you! One follow up, what is the approximate cost to repair?

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 8:47AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Tire Question
I have a 2007 Honda Ridgeline with 13,000 miles (yes,...
Consumer reports
I can't find a Consumer Reports Used car buying guide....
Dying transmission question
I have a 2001 Honda Odyssey that has served me well...
Nissan 350Z P1757
My car Nissan 350Z 2007 has an issue. Trouble codes...
Lexus vs Toyota Avalon
OK guys, here is another one for you. (I apologize...
Sponsored Products
Xylem Bathroom 49 in. Brazilian Natural Stone Slate Vanity Top in Black with
Home Depot
Carlisle Balcony Table with Chairs Cover
$169.50 | FRONTGATE
Brinks Patio Furniture, Outdoor Security Solar Post-Top LED Light HB2100W
$99.99 | Home Depot
Trudeau Medallion Rug 8' x 10' - LIGHT GREY
$1,829.00 | Horchow
Natural linen emilia table runner
Origin Crafts
Block Squares Flatweave Rug 3'6" x 5'6" - MOSS
$179.00 | Horchow
Twill One-piece Chair Relaxed Fit Wrap Slipcover
Algreen Self Watering Modena Windowsill Oval Planter and Herb Garden - 15105
$39.99 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™