Car is a 2007 Mazdaspeed 3, 100% stock , 180k miles.
Today coming from work all of the sudden the car starts blowing hot air and I check the temperature gauge to realize the needle is 3/4 of the way up, very close to the H. I turn the heating on max and the car begins to cool down.
Pull over and when the AC is on, this is what the compressor is doing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_QuhECEhyM
I should note I have not seen the radiator fan come on, either when the AC was or on off and the car was fully warmed up and the temperature gauge was higher than normal. Is this related to the AC issue?
A week later: Found a clutch/bearing replacement in Amazon and installed it this past weekend. The clutch appears to no longer "slip" but it does turn on and off as it pleases. Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMlhTfqfHkQ
AC was on all the time while recording the video.
Before this all happened the car was blowing ice cold air, so I assume it is not an issue with lack of refrigerant in the system.
Any feedback is appreciated before my last resort which would be to take it to a shop.