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Old 04 Aug 2006, 03:01 pm   #1 (permalink)
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my Camry air conditioner cools just fine, but has a 'rattle' when it runs.
not consistent, but most of the time.

is this the compressor failing? or possibly a bearing?

thanks

96 Camry 4 cyl
170000 miles


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Old 04 Aug 2006, 03:04 pm   #2 (permalink)
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stevie wrote:
> my Camry air conditioner cools just fine, but has a 'rattle' when it runs.
> not consistent, but most of the time.
>
> is this the compressor failing? or possibly a bearing?


My old Honda went through 2 blower fans. Same scenario.
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Old 04 Aug 2006, 03:07 pm   #3 (permalink)
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just to clarify-the blower inside the car is fine.

the rattle is under the hood at the AC compressor.
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stevie wrote:
> my Camry air conditioner cools just fine, but has a 'rattle' when it runs.
> not consistent, but most of the time.
>
> is this the compressor failing? or possibly a bearing?


My old Honda went through 2 blower fans. Same scenario.


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Old 05 Aug 2006, 12:26 am   #4 (permalink)
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Check to make sure you have the proper amount of freon first. The noise
may also be coming from the clutch or the compressor itself.


stevie wrote:
> my Camry air conditioner cools just fine, but has a 'rattle' when it runs.
> not consistent, but most of the time.
>
> is this the compressor failing? or possibly a bearing?
>
> thanks
>
> 96 Camry 4 cyl
> 170000 miles


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Old 06 Aug 2006, 11:34 am   #5 (permalink)
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"stevie" <sf@dum.org> wrote in message news:LINAg.96$SP2.57@fe04.lga...
> my Camry air conditioner cools just fine, but has a 'rattle' when it runs.
> not consistent, but most of the time.
>
> is this the compressor failing? or possibly a bearing?
>
> thanks
>
> 96 Camry 4 cyl
> 170000 miles


It may well be the compressor. The rotary compressors use a fairly
eleaborate internal mechanism compared to older piston and crankshaft comps.
They can and do get noisey and its not a good sign. Having said that, even
new rotary compressors (Nippon Denso) make *some* regular pulsing noise, but
not a rattle. Regular manintenence ensures lubrication is up to scratch. The
lubricating oil circulates with the refridgerant and thus if you have a leak
of refridgerant, you lose oil as well.

Jason


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