If there is a similar post, I'd appreciate it. I couldn't find one.
A few months ago any time the AC or heat was on, I'd hear a loud clicking noise coming from the engine compartment. I had my mechanic look at it and he immediately said it was the compressor and wanted a large sum of money to replace it. He also indicated that it would be fine to run it that way and perhaps go through the summer with it. He replaced the belt and sent me on my way. Well, now it's not working and upon inspection I found that the belt has snapped. My first thought is that the compressor had seized. I reached in and can easily turn it and the adjacent pulley with no issue.
I'd like to do this work myself.
1. How do I know if the compressor is really bad or if it's something else?
2. I know the basics concerning compressor replacement. If it is a bad compressor, does anyone have experience with this specific animal and could either give me a link or a basic overview? Given it's location, I'd like to avoid pitfalls.
Any information would be wonderful.