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|On my 98 Ranger I knew the a/c clutch was worn being the original with 385,000 miles. It still worked but it was cycling a lot but seemed to only been when accelerating and on a 2.5 automatic that really kills it. So I had it in the shop for some work I couldn't do and had the mechanic install the new a/c clutch I had. He saved the old one and it was pretty worn out and uneven. However, it still cycles a lot while accelerating versus stopped idling. I use to have a chip, cat-back exhaust, aftermarket air intake, spacer on it to squeeze out every bit of power I could get with bolt ons so it didn't seem as bad when I had all that on. It wasn't even to try and be fast it was just to make it easier to keep up with traffic. I've now returned the Ranger to all stock Ford stuff so I guess all that extra stuff really made a difference because it wasn't cycling that bad when I had the a/c on back then. A few years ago it was cycling a lot so I changed the cycling switch to a Motorcraft piece, but it turned out there was some other problem causing the accumulator to freeze. So I evacuated, flushed everything in the a/c system out, replaced the accumulator, orifice tube, all o-rings, and added new oil. That's about 2-3 years now. It still works great, gets down to 38-40 out the vents. Coldest a/c out of any vehicle I've ever been in. It seems to cycle at the worst times while driving up a hill or accelerating to get on the freeway. Just doesn't seem like it's right. What would cause the a/c compressor to cycle more frequently while accelerating versus just stopped idling or is that normal?
1998 Ford Ranger XLT 2.5 4R44E Automatic - Stock