Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sister Lakes, MI
Definitely make sure the AC is off and if you can reach it, unplug the wire harness going to the compressor. It should actually be quiet if the problem is in the compressor itself, and the clutch is disengaged. I have occasionally seen a few where the problem is actually in the clutch and pulley/input shaft assembly, and they won't be quiet no matter what you do. But you would need to rack up a lot of miles (many hundred or more) before it could cause a problem that could leave you stranded. If it seized up completely, you would probably end up breaking a belt. Not sure how the Saturn motor is set up - on a couple of my vehicles, the AC compressor is on it's own belt, so it is easy to bypass. On others, there is one big serpentine belt, or it is tied in with the power steering pump or water pump.
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