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    So I've started hearing some squealing from the engine bay maybe about a month ago, figured one of the pulleys were loose, check it out later, whatever.

    a week later I started hearing a scraping sound, figured it was the brakes or something thinning, but I was super busy, put it on the to do list..

    a week after that I realize the scraping is coming from the engine bay, and the sound is really loud at startup but dies down as I drive.

    It wasn't until I was pulling into my drive way one night that I hear a loud metal on metal griding noise, is when I park it for a few days.

    Yesterday I call my mechanic buddy (i use the term mechanic loosely here) over to check out the sound, go to start the car, and it doesn't start. Battery is ok (jump started as well), and added some gas to rule that out.

    We look under the car from the passenger wheel well, and see that the rim of the compressor is scraped up, and it seems to be off center.

    so before I go out and buy a new compressor, my question is:

    a) would a bad compressor prevent my engine from turning over?

    b) what would cause the metal scraping around the rim of the compressor?




    I have a feeling the starter might've gone out, but I'm really not good with diagnosing problems. Any help would be appreciated.

    Also possibly related problem: lately my tank has been stopping after about 10$ worth of gas being pumped, coming from an empty tank. I've read something about the air not being able to escape and I feel like it may have to do with the loose gas cap that I've now replaced. What do I have to do to "get the air out?"
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    Looks like your compressor is shot, the belt on your car moves the pull on the compressor, from the looks of it seems like it has jammed and isn't allowing the engine to turn over. What does it do when you turn the key, does it try to start?

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    When the clutch on the compressor engages the center of the compress slides in by magnet,

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    Quote Originally Posted by hidavidd View Post
    So I've started hearing some squealing from the engine bay maybe about a month ago, figured one of the pulleys were loose, check it out later, whatever.

    a week later I started hearing a scraping sound, figured it was the brakes or something thinning, but I was super busy, put it on the to do list..

    a week after that I realize the scraping is coming from the engine bay, and the sound is really loud at startup but dies down as I drive.

    It wasn't until I was pulling into my drive way one night that I hear a loud metal on metal griding noise, is when I park it for a few days.

    Yesterday I call my mechanic buddy (i use the term mechanic loosely here) over to check out the sound, go to start the car, and it doesn't start. Battery is ok (jump started as well), and added some gas to rule that out.

    We look under the car from the passenger wheel well, and see that the rim of the compressor is scraped up, and it seems to be off center.

    so before I go out and buy a new compressor, my question is:

    a) would a bad compressor prevent my engine from turning over?

    b) what would cause the metal scraping around the rim of the compressor?




    I have a feeling the starter might've gone out, but I'm really not good with diagnosing problems. Any help would be appreciated.

    Also possibly related problem: lately my tank has been stopping after about 10$ worth of gas being pumped, coming from an empty tank. I've read something about the air not being able to escape and I feel like it may have to do with the loose gas cap that I've now replaced. What do I have to do to "get the air out?"
    Hi hidavidd,

    Sorry to hear about this! If you decide to visit your local dealership for further diagnosis I'd be happy to follow up with them for you if needed. Just PM our page with your VIN and let me know.

    Andrea
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    this is a video of what happens when I try to start it: youtube com /watch?v=u6ABz-eX6_g[/B]

    Another place I posted this suggested I take the belt off the compressor, I have yet to do that but have unplugged the compressor, and no change. waiting on buddy to come by with some tools to remove the belt

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