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When the a/c button is pushed it lights up then starts flashing and the compressor wont kick in. There is freon in the system, but the computer clutch at first started to turn, then kidked back out.

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  • shancan1940 Jul 30, 2010

    I only have the store bought guage that comes with buying the freon,,so Idont know the exact charge of freon probably low, but the compressor wont stay running long enough,,probbly the clutch as I can see it spin of a second or two then stop. I also can seesomething like black particles sticking out of the edgees of the acompressor clutch.. . I cannot find a manual for the Paseo as Chilton and Haynes dont have one on the Paseo.

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Are you checking the freon as the compressor kicks in and out if not then ur not getting a proper reading the cheap gauges only calibrated for when the compressor is running

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