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Yesterday when on the free way my A/C belt snapped off and there was burnt rubber everywhere. So got got a new belt the next day slapped it on and I thought everything was back to normal and my car was just due for a new one
But when I turned on my a/c on it started squeaking and smelling like burning rubber so I tuned it off and opened up the hood and there was smoke from the rubber burning idk what is going on???!

I dont have a spun bearing the belt is circulating with everything spinning.
My a/c is out and has been needing a recharge since I got my Mazda3 hatch about a month ago. I’ve read up on how a a/c or oil recharge can be a issue to the Compressor going out but not really for sure. I’ve never dealt with anything like this.
it runs and drives fine unless I mess with my A/C
Any help would be much appreciated!!
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Yesterday when on the free way my A/C belt snapped off and there was burnt rubber everywhere. So got got a new belt the next day slapped it on and I thought everything was back to normal and my car was just due for a new one
But when I turned on my a/c on it started squeaking and smelling like burning rubber so I tuned it off and opened up the hood and there was smoke from the rubber burning idk what is going on???!

I dont have a spun bearing the belt is circulating with everything spinning.
My a/c is out and has been needing a recharge since I got my Mazda3 hatch about a month ago. I’ve read up on how a a/c or oil recharge can be a issue to the Compressor going out but not really for sure. I’ve never dealt with anything like this.
it runs and drives fine unless I mess with my A/C
Any help would be much appreciated!! View attachment 106908
had to replace my compressor cuz it locked up in my 2015 3 hatchback
 

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The AC compressor is frozen up and will need to be replaced. You can find an AC component kit on RockAuto. My recollection is that the whole system (minus the evaporator) can be replaced for less than $500. When the compressor goes bad, sometimes it puts metal shavings in the system, which will block the expansion valve, if you just replace the compressor. You could risk it and just replace the compressor and the accumulator/dryer, which is the cylindrical part attached to the condensor in front of the radiator. But if there is metal shavings in the system, you'll end up having to buy all the parts again. If you pay to have this work done, you're looking at $1,200.
 

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Your best bet would be to either leave the A/C belt off or pull the A/C fuse until you can get it fixed. The compressor has failed and most likely the whole system will need to be flushed and several parts replaced to get it working again.
 

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Sure, you can pull the fuse if you can't control yourself from turning on the AC until you get the cause of the burning/breaking belts.
If you decide to not reinstall a belt, make sure that it does not support any other accessory.
 

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There isn't any reason to put another belt on, since the AC doesn't work and that belt only runs the AC compressor. What you don't want to do is open the system up and leave it open. Better just let it stay like it is until you have the money to repair it.
 

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Last 7 of the VIN? What are you, the dealer? Those numbers mean nothing to 99% of people.
Well at it aging responding to my responses with BS! :cautious:
Interesting given you keep suggesting working in a service shop ????. When you order parts those are the best ways to insure you get the correct part the first time. Otherwise, I am sure you are one that blames the supplier when you get the wrong part likely because you only gave them partial information about the vehicle, so they did the best with the limited information. LOL
And as far as I am aware those questions, I posted have been a bedrock insurance to get correct parts from any source when replace OE stock parts (not performance necessarily) going back to the 90's for you and mid 70's for me. LOL

Now why don't or cant you post something that will help this OP and be positive in this thread and even other threads on this forum and stop critiquing my responses. :rolleyes::)
 

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Well, in my personal experience that doesn't work 100% of the time either. We had one time where we gave the dealer all the correct information, VIN and everything, and still got the wrong part so it's not a fool proof system. The dealer had to call up GM to figure that whole thing out because their part index was actually wrong. If you go anywhere other than the dealer then they usually don't ask for the VIN. Most of use are probably ordering parts from RockAuto or Amazon where I don't think you can enter a VIN even if you wanted to.

As for helping OP, see post 5, which you ironically liked as well. :ROFLMAO: OP specifically said it was the A/C belt which on these cars, is a single belt that drives only the compressor. I think ones with the Skyactive motor have a single belt driving everything but the belt OP posted a picture of is far too short to be that style so I made an educated guess based on the evidence I had hand. I probably should have asked for the year and engine but that's water under the bridge now. The reason why you would would want to remove the belt or pull the fuse is because on most cars built in the last 20 years or so, the A/C will come on when you select any mode that includes the front defroster, it does on my 2008 3 and my 98 Escort ZX2. If OP ever tried to use the defrost, he/she could very well get an unpleasant surprise if the belt is still on or the fuse is left in. Not to mention, it's not worth buying a new belt until the system is fixed because these A/C belts are one time use stretch belts. Once you put it on, you aren't supposed to remove or reuse it, if you can even get it off without damaging the belt or something else.

Also, I'll stop critiquing your responses when you stop being snarky and/or talking like you're smarter than everyone else. No one else knows why they would need the last 7 of the VIN and you didn't originally bother to explain why and where that info is used until I said something. Incomplete info, and you got snarky when I jokingly zinged you on it. You need to chill out.:cool: Although, whatever. I'm not interested in cluttering up OP thread any more than has already been done.
 

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Like many forums there are always members that IMHO simply have a reading comprehension problem. I would suggest that anyone reading this thread start at the bigging and slowly read all the responses.
 

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There isn't any reason to put another belt on, since the AC doesn't work and that belt only runs the AC compressor. What you don't want to do is open the system up and leave it open. Better just let it stay like it is until you have the money to repair it.
The clutch was locked up on the A/C compressor. I replaced the entire unit for about $150 with a new A/C belt for about $30 after flushing the system.took about 2 hours to do.
I replaced it about 1 month ago and it has been doing great.
 
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