Audi cars are reliable and fast. But once in a while, they present issues with key components. As expected, problems with the car may arise because certain parts have reached their lifespan. But sometimes a car component becomes faulty due to misuse or lack of care. It is thus important to take your car for routine checkups and repairs. It is dangerous to ignore signs of damage to car components. One such component that should be closely monitored is the compressor.
Apparent signs of compressor problems include: refrigerant leak (which should be tackled immediately when noticed as this can harm both your engine and the environment), AC not working, a strange noise coming from the AC (signal for a drying compressor), air not cooling or a strange smell coming from the AC. Visible signs of rust and physical damage are also signs of compressor failure.
Causes of a faulty compressor may range from a clogged condenser to a defective compressor clutch, locked up compressor, low refrigerant level, a defunct pressure switch and vacuum leaks.
Faulty air conditioning should be treated as a priority because the more you delay repairs, the more costs you incur as more complications will develop overtime. To diagnose an AC issue, we do a routine check to see if the compressor clutch switch, shear pin, wires, fan belt, fuses and compressor seals are functioning properly. We also make sure that no contaminants are found in the compressor oil. If a faulty compressor is damaged beyond repair, it would have to be replaced with a new one.