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There is a good chance that the compressor isn't damaged at all. All modern automotice A/C systems have a low pressure cut-off switch to prevent the compressor from running in the event that the refrigerant runs low, or completely out. Grab a can of R-134a refrigerant (they sell them with the gauge built on to the can these days) and hook it up. Turn the A/C on in the car and begin filling the system, once the pressure reaches a high enough level in the refrigerant system, the compressor should kick on (you'll hear it click and start to run). That should answer both questions. :)

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