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Clutch wont engage the compressor. Everything has been checked and seems to be working. Mechanic states I need to replace the whole compressor b/c clutch and compressor is not sold seperatly. Any other ideas?

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Hi just a suggestion here that might save you some money
Have the whole system drained and then fill it up again, bleed it through and see if that helps. it should cost you much but I had a similar problem on another model some years ago and it done the job.

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Dan

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