A/C evporative cooler needs replaced

Old 05-02-07, 08:00 AM
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A/C evporative cooler needs replaced

Hi all,
I am a married college student with kids and have little money. My 2000 Dodge caravan 3.3L V6 A/C doesn't work. The mechanic says that the evaporative cooler is out and needs to be replaced for 800$. Is this something that I should attempt myself, or just get it done by him? Any help is appreciated as the dog days of summer are here.

Old 05-02-07, 08:13 AM
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It's not a diy project. Among other things you need the proper equipment to recover the existing refrigerant and to properly service the system when the job is done. That's not even taking into account that evaporator cores nowadays basically have a large part of the dashboard (which contains the passenger side airbag) built around the housing for the core.
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Talking evaporator

Take your $800 and take a course...Read books...Buy some tools...DIY!!!
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This is a biggie..............and a common one with Chrysler/Jeep vehicles........The WHOLE dashboard has to come out, the steering column has to be dropped............the wiper assembly comes out as a module giving you access to the expansion valve and heater hoses.........Personally, I take the front seats out to make for easy access to the dash screws (I'm not as flexable as I was 20 yrs ago)..........and as Tow said, you need to recover the 134A and then evacuate and charge the system when your done.........
It really isn't a DIY kinda thing
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Not me

This is a big job not for the timid also not for rookies you need all kinds of AC tools and plenty of time. I dont recommened it.

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