Recently my car has developed some extra noise under the hood. My mechanic informed me that the bearing from the A/C compressor is bent (likely from a collision one year ago), causing it to wear, and that to fix the issue I should replace the compressor. I trust his advice, but I would like to put it off until it is absolutely necessary.
What are the long term consequences of not replacing the worn bearing in my A/C compressor? If the bearing breaks completely, would my car be inoperable until the compressor is replaced? Will other components likely be damaged? I can't just take the serpentine belt off of the compressor, can I?
My car is a 2008 Honda Civic EX-L.