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HiCustomerand welcome to Just Answer! If the car was low or out of freon the computer will set a code to disable the compressor so it will not come on and run dry thus damaging the compressor, guess it didn't work on this one. These cars are bad to have evaporators go bad in them and that is another big job. It pays about 10 hours labor and the part is about $200.00.
In short if you know where the leak is at and it is not going to be a huge cost, you can put a compressor on it, fix the leak and clear code and you will be nice and cool this summer.
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