A month and a half ago my 2002 Taurus SES started making a strange rattle sound that came from the area where the serpentine belt was located. I only noticed it when the car was at around 2700-3100 RPM
and only before a shift. A week later, the a new sound emerged, a constant rattle when the engine was idling. Every time the sound would appear, id look to see what was causing it, but never got a definite area, just the area around the serpentine belt. That same week the stench of burning rubber started appearing. A week later, i happened to be taking the car in for an oil change at the local Ford dealer when the car started to lose power. I pull in, tell the guy there i came to do an oil change and to see why my car was making those noises. When i go back to get my car from where i had parked, i see that theres white smoke coming out from under the hood. The serpentine belt had snapped due to the AC
compressor being jammed. the burning smell was the friction on the belt caused by the jammed pully.
Repair costs according to Billy Howell Ford----$1500 to $1800
a friend of mine told me i could get a shorter Serpentine belt and bypass the AC
compressor, but I'm not really sure what the consequences of that are.
Any suggestions from anyone?