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1997 V6 3.8L Firebird - Low A/C

All of the fuses are good. Switched coolant fan (works great) relay with the A/C relay and everything the same so it's not the relays. Can't find the low pressure switch. There is a plug on the high side but it has 3 terminals and can't be jumped to activate the compressor. Anyone know anything else I should do before changing out the compressor because I have a feeling that it is not the problem?

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If the compressor is not cycling on its own the system is either very low or empty, meaning there is a leak somewhere. The leak needs to be repairedd and the system vacuumed and recharged.

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