2003 Ranger XL 2.3L
This is really strange: Last week my A/C stopped and I noticed smoke coming off the front. I checked and it was coming from the serpentine belt at the A/C clutch pulley.
I drove home with no A/C (we are at ~106 degrees in Arizona right now). When it cooled off, I removed the clutch plate which was all "toasted" and found the bearing plastic cover was burned up, and the bearing was missing half the rollers.
So I replaced the bearing and the pulley with an old one that looked pretty good. I used the same front plate since I did not have another one.
Two days later, the same thing happened! This puzzled me because I had thought the original problem was a bad bearing, that had caused the clutch to get stuck, but with a good bearing... what can it be?
I bought a brand new clutch, plate, pulley, bearing, and coil that I plan on installing on the weekend, but I am afraid to have spent $106 on something that two days after will burn up again.
Could it be that the compressor seizes inside? Could it be that the coil was weak, or the air gap was too big and this created friction, thus make the whole thing get too hot? Does anyone have any idea?
Any hep would be appreciated!