HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR A/C CLUTCH IS WORKING CORRECTLY?

  • Tiny
  • Dnice488
  • 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 175,000 miles

I have an A/C problem with a 1998 Oldsmobile intrigue with 175000 miles. My A/C is not blowing cold air and would like some advice on how to resolve this issue. I can hear and see the A/C clutch engage when turned on. How can you tell if your A/C clutch is working correctly? I have a friend who tested the pressure in my A/C. The low side pressure is 80psi and the high side is 120psi. Is that normal for this vehicle?

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 AT 3:05 PM

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  • Wrenchtech
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Your pressures indicate serious issues that need to be fully diagnosed by an A/C specialist. This is not something you can diagnose yourself.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 AT 3:09 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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If the clutch is engaged with the reading posted, it indicates a bad compressor.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 AT 3:18 PM
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The compressor is the obvious failure but there will be other issues that both caused the failure and other that may have been the result of the failure. Slapping a compressor on it will not resolve anything and actually damage the system worse.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 AT 3:44 PM

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