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I was just pulling into my driveway when the whole front of the car started to put out a cloud white smoke which then got into the vents and the inside of the car. Did not smell like coolant, not sweet. Opening the hood, the smoke seemed to be coming from the right front near the pulleys. The A/C had nearly entirely quit just before the smoke started. The pulleys and belt don't show any signs of oil or abnormal wear. No abnormal noises, either. Just used during a short trip of abt. 20 mins; temp. ~ 89F. Temp. gauge reads steady at ~ one needle width to the left of center.After the car sat for abt 2 minutes I started it up and there was no more smoke and the A/C seemed normal. The P/S fluid level was abt 1/4 in. above the cold fill mark. Oil and coolant levels do not seem more or less than normal. There have been a few oil spots under the car but not much; abt. the size of a quarter in the morning after using it the previous day ever since I got the car ~ 2 months ago. Any ideas about what the problem could be would be welcomed. I just chk'ed the A/C low side pressure. It started out at 50 and quickly pulled down to 25 at Max. cool. 2007 SE/ Vulcan/ 72K miles
 

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Sounds like it could be comming from the a/c compressor clutch, they're well known to start doing that when they fail. If it's still in the topic finder, it will tell you the how-to to replace it at home. The trick is getting it alined correctly, use a feeler gage. I would stop driving it until you know for sure what caused it, if it is the a/c clutch, the bearings will eventually seize up, and then your stranded.

As far as the oil spots go, make sure the oil filter is on hand tight, and the oil drain plug was put on snug. Probably the oil pan gasket starting to seep, they always do at some point on these cars, no matter if you have the Vulcan or Duratec engines. My pan gasket seeps just a little bit, but not enough to leave drops on the carport floor.
 
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