Audi Repair Guide: Signs of a Failing Air Conditioning Compressor

The quickly approaching summer in Alexandria means that the air conditioner inside your Audi is working harder than any other season. To stay cool all season long, keep an eye out on the following signs of a failing AC compressor. If you catch any of these red flags in your Audi, make an appointment at the Audi of Lafayette Service Center as soon as possible.

A faulty air conditioning compressor in your Audi not only will make you and your passengers miserable all summer long but may cause several internal problems in the vehicle. Explore the most common signs of a failing air conditioning compressor you may encounter below.

  • AC blowing warm air: If the air conditioner is blowing warm air, or cool but not quite cold air, this may be a sign of a failed compressor. A faulty compressor clutch may also cause a lack of cooling, which is a serious issue that may need immediate addressing from a professional.
  • Rattling noises: Often, one of the first signs of a compressor that is failing internally is the rattling noise that appears when the AC is engaged. In the case that the compressor is seized, the end result could be the breaking of the engine drive belt when the AC is on, since most AC compressors are driven off the engine’s crankshaft by a drive belt.
  • Leaking: If the refrigerant is leaking, it may be caused by the compressor leaking from its shaft seal. The leaks may be impossible to spot right away, as they have no color or odor, and don’t leave fluid behind. To identify the leaks, an auto technician may use a special dye and a UV light during the inspection.

How to Fix the Problem

Before condemning the compressor, make an appointment with one of the experienced mechanics at our service center for a diagnosis. Most traditional AC compressors fail due to lack of lubrication, due to a leak in the AC system, causing a low refrigerant level. If the compressor is found to be faulty, it should be replaced by a professional. To replace the compressor, a technician will evacuate and recharge the AC system using special equipment.

Audi Repair Near Alexandria, LA

For any Audi maintenance or repair needs, including a failing air conditioning compressor, stop by the Audi of Lafayette service center. Our expert technicians have the knowledge and experience to keep your Audi running like new for years to come. We also offer service specials to ensure that you get the best deal in the Alexandria area.

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