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A/c wont work, compressor is running, it wont take anymore freon even though it is not enough. the pressure switch on the high has no power at it at all. no fan comes on either. I jumped the relay to get the fan working but still wont cool.I have checked all fuses they are all fine. I need to get it working this is my wifes car and she spends many hours in it a day and we live in florida. thanks

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It is possible to put too much freon in the system and it will do this. you need to drain the system and use a vacuum pump to get the system completely clean. draw a full vacuum on it then charge it with the correct amount of freon according to the labels posted on the vehicle.the pressure switch must be ok or the compressor would not run. the relay may be bad and that may be because the fan has a problem and is burning up the relay. you know these are all guesses because i am not there to see it. i am an ase certified mechanic with a lot of experience on a/c systems. try what i said and please get back to me and i hope we can solve this. good luck

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