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A/C clutch disengages when shifting gears.


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Scotty, I have 2006 Mazda 3 with 186k and a 5 speed manual transmission. I just replaced the AC compressor with an aftermarket one from China. I notice when I shift gears the AC clutch disengages at the same time. For a while I thought it was just in my head but when I roll down the windows I can hear it happening quite clearly. It doesn't happen every single time I shift but I notice it most when going from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. I did not notice this with the factory compressor. What could be causing this issue? Is it normal? And can it be fixed? Thanks!

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Sad but true if your factory compressor did not do it then your Chinese made one was made incorrectly and it's turning on and off too much because it wasn't built right maybe it's got the wrong air gap on the magnetic clutch

I guess I'm just going to learn to live with it then until it breaks or I get rid of the car. Thanks Scotty!