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Re: Sidekick Sport AC compressor
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2018, 05:26:24 AM »
Somebody answered my question in another forum:

"I would guess that the problem is caused by bearings becoming overheated due to low/zero airflow under the hood in prolonged traffic jams. The bearings may be practically dried out You could try an air duct from the fan onto the front of the compressor, but the damage is probably already done."
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Re: Sidekick Sport AC compressor
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2018, 05:15:20 AM »
I can confirm that when the AC is off, no noise at all! When the engine idle is in just a short time, no traffic jam, no noise as well. Only when you idle the engine over 20 minutes, the compressor starts making noise!
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Sidekick Sport AC compressor
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2018, 12:42:14 AM »
Hi, May is the hottest month in this country and during the long hour of engine idle at the stop light due to the traffic jam, the AC compressor makes noise louder and louder. Whenever I can accelerate the engine, the noise goes away. Is it time to replace the AC compressor? Any comments are highly appreciated.
'96 (07/95) US imported Sidekick Sport, 16V, 1.8L, 4 auto, 4x4, 4dr, A/C, ABS, 100K miles, VIN: JS3TD21V6T4101985, bone stock, except 215/70R/16.