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Compressor does not engage when ac is turned on, is it definitely the compressor?

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It could be low in freon and won't allow the compressor to engage. Have you checked to see if your fuse is blown? It should be in the fuse panel of the car. Was the air acting up prior to not working anymore? like not blowing real cold air or anything?

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