I have replaced the air compressor (which came oiled from factory), condenser, evaporator, and expansion valve on a 2002 Honda CRV. I also replaced the alternator.
I want to turn the engine on to make sure the car is running properly, sans AC, and that the new alternator is working properly too. I am going to take the car to a shop to have it vacuumed down and recharged/re-oiled, but in the meantime, will running the engine without refrigerant and oil in the rest of the AC system ruin the compressor or any of the other components? This is assuming I leave the AC switch off on the dashboard. Also, I'd want to drive it to the mechanic to have it vacuumed and recharged as well and don't want to ruin the new compressor.
I just can't find any definitive information online about this and don't want to ruin all the work I did and money I spent.
Thanks in advance!