air conditioner quit; compressor grinds when turned on on 1998 Toyota 4Runner

Air conditioner was running fine on a 90 degree day. Then, no cold air. Smoking from fan belt area under the hood. Smoke stopped when AC turned off. Nw just a grinding sound whenever the AC is turned on. No cool air.

by in Keene, NH on May 25, 2010
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1 answer
ANSWER by , May 25, 2010
Your compressor or compressor clutch is seizing up and will likely need replacement if found to be the issue.