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My ridgeline is not blowing out as cold air as it used to. I

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my ridgeline is not blowing out as cold air as it used to. I don't hear the clutch engaging (clicking), and it seemed to happen in one day. My service guy said the clutch is engaging but the click is just not as loud, but I don't buy that.
JA: Has the clutch been slipping? Are you having any trouble shifting?
Customer: I'm writing about the clutch on the air conditioning compressor.
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: 2006 Honda ridgeline
JA: Are you fixing your Ridgeline yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Can you tell me if there is a possibility low refrigerant can cause the clutch to stop working? I don't intend to work on it myself, but I am hoping for diagnostic help.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

Hi Im David, yes low refrigerant charge will make the ac clutch to stop. your mechanic needs to hook up a manifold gauge set to the low and high pressure ports and see what the pressures are and then add refrigerant until the pressures are normal.

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

do you still need assistance?

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

checking in to see how its going

Expert:  mike switzer replied 11 months ago.

low refridgerant can cause the low pressure switch to prevent the a/c compressor clutch from engaging. but have you checked the compressor to ensure it is operating properly. i believe it is the same relay as the horn relay so you could try swapping them and hitting the horn if the horn works then so does the relay.