Thanks so much for the response. I was sure not to turn the AC on today after I picked the car up, beyond the 1st five minutes of driving to confirm clutch operation and cooling was as expected. Surprisingly, this car cools better than our 05 Titan and 08 Eclipse. I digress.
I was looking at the schematics this evening and from what I found, the tech jumped the connection on the AC amp where the violet/white wire connects. I suspect it is as you mentioned and he jumped the magnetic compressor clutch. It was dark before I could trace his jumper so I'm not sure, but I did see what I believe is an extra wire that now connects to the compressor/clutch. Further analysis over the weekend will confirm. I also discovered that this part is apparently not manufactured any longer but there are several pick'n'pull part locations in the DFW area with several dozen gen 2 Camry's. I plan to make a trip on Tuesday.When I took it back in, only 2 days after the AC system was replaced, the clutch was fried, the VSV seemed to test ok, pretty simple to test really, there was a relay that was questionable so I replaced it, and this relay, I believe, is tied to the AC amp. Really, with the information you provided, I believe the issue will be resolved once I replace the AC amplifier. I'm gonna grab an AC cut amp as well, just for safe measure, test them both and install. Once I locate the compression revolution sensor (I believe this car has one, haha
I'm gonna get one of those too. At that point, I do not believe there will be an original component left on this AC system.
We are hoping to get at least 3-5 good years out of this car so from that perspective, the money will be well spent.
I really appreciate your response to this thread and a couple others I've posted. I've learned a lot and feel more confident working on this car myself. I have not owned an "old" car that demands regular TLC in over a decade but feel the "wrenching-juices" begining to flow again. LOL
I'll let ya know how this turns out.