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Thank you for allowing me to help you with this concern today and am sorry to hear that this is happening. I will have to ask you a few questions so that I can get a better understanding as to what may be going on with your Rav4.
You really getting some bad advice from the parts guys. Your compressor doesn't have a clutch like the old style ones. The newer ones come with a cooler flow valve and sensor. These sensor assemblies (located inside the compressor) are known to go bad. Will you be taking this to a repair shop?
Ok, then you will need to replace the compressor.