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Air cond dash light works, compressor doesn't go on.

1996 camry with 4 cyl engine. Air cond dash button light goes on, does not blink indicating problem, but compressor does not engage, engine speed does not change, and engine cooling fan does not go on as it would with air running. Checked all air cond fuses... all ok. What could it be? Worked fine last year. Thanks!

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  • t_tomzzz May 28, 2009

    Thanks. I'm wondering though... Is there any way I can add r134a ac coolant to system if air doesn't run? The kits I bought at WalMart say add to low-pressure side when air is running, but air doesn't actually run.

    Can I still do this myself with simple can of r134a or do I have to take it to the shop?


  • t_tomzzz May 29, 2009

    Thanks for the quick reply!

  • t_tomzzz May 29, 2009

    Thanks, that sounds a little advanced for me. I was thinking of checking the relays since I have a meter to do that. Then if it all checks out electrically, I guess it's time to go to the shop.

    It didBTW, run twice already and was cold maybe 2 months ago. So I was hoping it was a fuse or a relay. What do you think? Possible?



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AC's have a low freon switch that shuts off the system to protect the compressor in the advent that you have a freon leak have the system checked for a leak

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  • Jim Goldsmith
    Jim Goldsmith May 29, 2009

    if you install the can of 134-a the compressor should start again but, you won't know how bad or, where your system is leaking

    and, the freon may not go in because it may need to be evacuated

  • Jim Goldsmith
    Jim Goldsmith May 29, 2009

    what we do is: start the car's engine, then: run a jumper wire from the battery to the compressor clutch pulley switch to temporarily bypass the low freon shutoff switch this makes the compressor run

    Freon can only safely be put into a system on the low side

    Introducing freon into the high side could cause an explosion

    Unless you know what you are doing though; I wouldn't advise it



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