I have never used my ac on max or any close to it. 9 years of owning this car i always had ac on low- medium cool and 1-3 fan level. I did notice ac is not as cold as before on max not sure if its the refrigerant. Yea the intermittent clacking noise goes away with ac off.Are you having any other issues with the car besides the noise? You said the noise goes away when you turn off the ac?
My belt was so worn it somehow caused the clutch to go out (according to the shop I took it to, not sure how a damaged belt would make the clutch stop spinning). Anyway, that's why I assumed belt. To answer your question; I wouldn't recommend driving with it damaged, however, if you must wait, turn off the ac and fan. If the ac won't turn off, then the compressor is going to always be on which would be very bad for your vehicle if you drive it like that for any extended period of time with the clutch not spinning. If the ac won't turn on, then you should be ok for the two weeks or so.
So i tested my ac on max to see if noise gets louder or anything weird but only noticed ac just not as cold as it was before. Youre right, I might be low on refrigerant since i have never recharge the system 9 years of owning this car. From what i gathered on google, refrigerant naturally loses level over time.@winkawak, what I hear sounds like normal cycling of the AC compressor Clutch. It doesn’t sound particularly like it’s bad. I wonder what caused you to suddenly notice the clutch clicking on/off.
Is it is louder suddenly or did you just now happen to notice? That’s the question. If it is in fact, suddenly louder, I would guess it’s 1 of 2 possibilities. The clutch clearance has increased from normal wear, or the refrigerant in the system isn’t at the needed levels and is causing it to cycle more.
I doubt you’ll have any issues at all driving it like this until you can get it to a shop for a definitive answer.
Side question, ive been looking into how to recharge and what product to use. I cant seem to find refrigerant without sealer, do you have any recommendations?No, it doesn’t sound like it’s bad. You’re really not likely going to know unless it totally fails, or if you taken it in for service (which I highly recommend after 9 years).
Thanks for the headsup, when i first looked up on youtube regarding recharging ac system i found bunch of people using these recharge can with gauges. I almost pulled the trigger on one then i saw bunch of reviews on amazon regarding the inaccuracy of these gauges. I started researching more and found there are proper kits i can purchase with professional gauges and vacuum pump to do a proper job. Ive been comparing kits of various brand last few days, i think i should be okay now with the right tools. In the meantime im driving with my ac off and windows down in FL, not pleasant.There are things I turn over to a pro. Screwing around with AC without the proper gauges and machines is a recipe for poor performance but, also broken AC parts. R134 systems are very sensitive to internal pressures and proper amounts of gas and lubricants. They are simpler systems than R12-style but, they still need the right tools and knowledge to work properly.
Thats correct, thats the reason why i didnt buy these recharge can with gauges. Im getting a professional kit includes “1/4 hp vacuum pump able to draw your system down as far as 37.5 microns, a three-valve manifold gauge and hose set able to work as high as 800 psi” to get the job done.The problem with any recharge can with gauges is you are still reliant that the system is largely evacuated and it may not be. Overfilling with lubricant poses problems, too. The pressure is in the system when it's operating, not when filling. Screw up the amounts and you can get really high internal pressures under operating conditions and pop things. I'm not saying don't do it but, what I am saying is understand really well how these systems work before you do it.