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    Re: Any other vintage car or truck enthusiasts here?

    Actually, the engine computer (PCM) does control the A/C compressor. It's programmed to turn the compressor off if the engine overheats or the driver floors the accelerator.
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    Re: Any other vintage car or truck enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpappy View Post
    Actually, the engine computer (PCM) does control the A/C compressor. It's programmed to turn the compressor off if the engine overheats or the driver floors the accelerator.
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    Today, but not on a 2003 Ford Ranger.
    Yes, the computer gets involved in climate control in my wife's 2018 Pacifica minivan, under much the same conditions.
    What's interesting though, is the fact that the same engine and climate controls can be set up to run in "dumb mode" because they use the same powertrain in some vehicles like the Jeep which may or may not have the same sophistication depending on which model we're talking about.

    That accelerator cutout feature is relatively new, by the way...and long overdue.
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    Re: Any other vintage car or truck enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler View Post
    Today, but not on a 2003 Ford Ranger.
    Yes, the computer gets involved in climate control in my wife's 2018 Pacifica minivan, under much the same conditions.
    What's interesting though, is the fact that the same engine and climate controls can be set up to run in "dumb mode" because they use the same powertrain in some vehicles like the Jeep which may or may not have the same sophistication depending on which model we're talking about.

    That accelerator cutout feature is relatively new, by the way...and long overdue.
    Just remember that if the A/C craps out on the wife's minivan, you can have Joko 'hot wire' around that PCM for you!
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