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My AC on '04 TL has been working great. Got caught up n

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My AC on '04 TL has been working great. Got caught up n traffic jam and turned AC off cause my temp gauge was rising n I didn't want anything to go wrong. Got out of traffic n an hr and turned AC back on. All I'm getting is warm air. Clutch on compressor is not turning on.
Tried again the next morning.
Clutch not attempting to do anything.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Acura
Expert:  Jared D replied 4 months ago.

Your first step to see why the compressor isn't coming on would be to check the refrigerant pressures. The pressure switch won't allow the compressor to turn on if the refrigerant pressures are too low.

Also, if you have a multi-meter you could test for voltage at the ac clutch connector. With the engine running and the AC on you should see 12 volts at the connector. If you don't then you know the problem is probably low Freon rather than a bad AC clutch.

How much repair/diagnosis do you plan to do yourself?

Expert:  Jared D replied 4 months ago.


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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
My mech. ability is replace a fuse or reset a relay.
Acura appt is next Monday. Just concerned on big ticket items.
Dealership has been honest w/ me since 2004. TL now has 271,000.
Expert:  Jared D replied 4 months ago.

It's really hard to say if this one is going to turn into a big ticket or if it will be something as common (but still sort of expensive) as an ac recharge.

Unfortunately you will need to be able to do some testing with some specialized equipment (multi-meter, scan tool) to know for sure.

Expert:  Jared D replied 4 months ago.

Please let me know if you are able to get a hold of a scan tool and if you decide to do any diagnosis yourself.

Expert:  Jared D replied 4 months ago.


I just wanted to check and see if you need any additional info.