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Can you change a/c clutch on a 2.5 with compressor installed?       #: 887
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 Posted: Mon May 28th, 2018 04:40 am
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I didn't find a specific video online to help decide if I could do a compressor clutch install on my 98 2.5 Ranger. My pressures were good the last two times I checked them, the cycling switch is working, it's not leaking anywhere, the temp out the vents gets 35-40 degrees but the compressor cycles on and off all the time while driving. I checked the clutch air gap and it exceeds the .033 specified in the Ford repair manual. I put in a .035 feeler gauge and it went in with no problem. I didn't even have any higher than that. It's the original compressor with 380,000 miles on it. Two years ago I flushed out the a/c system, changed the o-rings, accumulator, orifice tube, and added new oil, vacuumed it and recharged it. I believe the clutch might be worn out. I was wondering what tools I will need to remove and install a new a/c clutch and can it be done on a 2.5 with the compressor installed or will the radiator interfere?



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clutch can be changed in the truck without disturbing your AC charge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BPJ_NmDNro



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Yeah I saw that video. I think he just removed the clutch plate and took out some spacers. I thought about doing that but I just decided to order a new one which came with the new clutch plate, clutch pulley, and clutch field coil. I was just wonder will I be able to pull the clutch pulley and clutch coil hub without having to remove the compressor. Ford says to discharge and remove compressor and perform it on the bench. I didn't know if anyone here may have tried to do it with the compressor still installed.



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There's more than one way to skin a cat. Although I haven't done that job myself, I doubt highly that the 'ford' way is the only way to do it. I'm sure most everything I've done to mine in the way of repairs is 'wrong' if you compare it against the service manual.



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