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3 days ago my ac stopped making the air cold, but the fan still works. Turn off the ac using either the fan switch or the ac button, and a horrible noise comes out of my car, turn it back on and the noise stops. I can change the fan speed to anything but off and it is fine. Start up the engine and the noise is there for about 10-15 seconds, then it stops, though it rattled a little when I was coming to a stop a couple times today. My dad thinks the clutch in the ac compressor is not disengaging. Any ideas about what is going on so I can better explain this to the mechanic, and do I have to take my car to the nearest authorized dealer repair place (75 miles away) or can I take it to a local mechanic? p.s. The car has 22,000 miles on it if that helps.