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A/C clutch won't engage

I bought a 96 dodge intrepid for 800 bucks. had it for about a year and the ac hasn't worked in it for a good while now. i tried to recharged the compressor but that didn't work because the clutch still won't engage. when i hit the a/c switch in the dash. i saw it angage for about 60 seconds when i was recharging it but it just went strait back to not working again and i couldn't find any leaks anywhere. i think it could be electrical but i don't know mutch about the electrical aspect to make a good judgement help please

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I have the same problem.... IT IS NOT LOW ON R134a.. because I had a set of gauges hooked up when the compressor came on for about 4 minutes... then it went off and would not come back on.... Next step is to check the voltage at the plug right behind the a/c compressor. If you have 12 volts there when the a/c is turn ON and the compressor is NOT on, then the Clutch on the compressor is bad... if there is no voltage then there is a electrical problem/switch not working.

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    Very possible that the A/C pressure sensor.. is BAD.... jack up the car, from the bottom look up at the A/C compressor on the passenger side. You will see a sensor/switch with a plug and wires. Unplug the wire and take the sensor off, it screws into the A/C line. Replace the sensor. It controls the A/C compressor cycling... on and off...


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Ur still way low in freon the compressor clutch is designed to disengage when low on pressure so as not to overheat and seize causing possible damage to engine two ways to engage clutch --one is to jump clutch and continue to fill or keep adding freon until clutch pulls in

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