My A/C system has a leak in it and my compressor is making an awful noise: probably needs replacing. Winter is coming though, and I really don't want to spend any time or money on tracking down leaks and converting to 134a and all that jazz. What I want is the simplest way to make the compressor stop spinning when the engine is on. Can I just cut/remove the belt? Could that have negative side effects?
The compressor is on a belt by itself. It's the only reason I would consider removing the belt completely.
Also, are there any significant advantages or disadvantages to removing a non-functioning A/C system entirely?