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A/C - compressor clutch won't engage

Air conditioning compressor won't engage. Electromagnetic clutch operates nomally when jumped directly from battery. Have replaced a/c switch with no improvement. Is there a relay that controls this, and if so, where do I find it? Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Your A/C system has a pressure sensor. If the system needs recharged, the compressor will not engage.

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