My AC has started acting up. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I put a gauge on it today and this is what it is doing. When first turned on, the compressor kicks in and blows cold air. The gauge showed pressure was fine. I let the car run for about 5 minutes, then there was a sound as if the compressor cut off, and the guage began to read in the red "possible mechanical problem". The thing is that it does this while I am driving. It will blow cold for a while, the will blow cool or warm, then blow cold again. Does this sound like a bad compressor, or maybe just a bad clutch because when it is working, it blows good, cold air.
Also, worst case, if I did need a new compressor, how long would this repair take if done by a professional? I already know where I would take it, and the guys are pretty good.
Black 94 SSEi, tan leather interior, replaced motor at 163000 miles, 217xxx miles and counting, 15% black tint all around, MSD coils, Magnaflow highflow cat, custom CAI, K&N RX-4750 air filter, Flowmaster 80 series, Hayden transmission cooler, Konig Reasons RS76T8540S rims,Pioneer DEH-P47DH CD player, Pioneer TS-A6970R 6x9s with factory tweeters,Pioneer TSG1041R 5 1/4 2-ways in the doors with factory tweeters,Pioneer CDX-P1280 12 disc cd changer."IN THRUST, WE TRUST--POWER TO SPARE !!!!"