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Ac clutch will not engage until I ground 1 of 2 of the 4 wires at AC drier pressure switch. One wire has power on it when I jump it to other wire it makes electric fan come on.

AC system has full charge of R134

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Could have a bad low pressure cutout switch, if you can jump across it , I would replace it. Also if you have access to a scanner , you might want to make sure you are getting "compressor on" command from computer

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

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    Perry Anderson Apr 21, 2015

    Tried new switch that did not fix

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