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2002 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan Auto

2002 Mazda Protege
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
25 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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May 23, 2013, 1:57 pm

Jennifer R

Question: AC still cools but gives a consistent low whir when turned on.

My AC is still working fine and cooling air. However, about a month ago I noticed a low whir coming from the dashboard. I pulled over, turned the AC off and the whir went away. I turned it back on and it came back.

I took it to my mechanic and he popped the hood had me turn the AC on then off and said it was probably the beginnings of my compressor going. He said not to worry about it right now but sometimes I think he waits too long to fix things and then they are more expensive than they had to be.

He said that when it got much louder and finally went it would be about a thousand bucks to replace. Is there any way to do something earlier or make this cheaper in some way?

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