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mikew
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8/28/2005
01:29:15

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Got a 2002 R/T and the AC doesnt work very good. Had 2 dealers and an independent shop check it out and they filled the AC and put dye in it and found no leaks. The trucks a dark color, but still, I get in the truck at work and when I get to my house 10 minutes later I'm still sweating. I have noticed on the highway that the AC will freeze you out though. Any Ideas?




chris4x4
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8/28/2005
12:46:39

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Mine is the same way. Charcoal dak, hot in the afternoon and takes forever to cool the truck down unless Im on the freeway. Im in Az and the temp has been 110+, so that could be the problem.



MikeW
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8/28/2005
13:33:45

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Mines Charcoal also. Had this problem in San Antonio and now I live in Shreveport and still have it. I wonder if there is a way to upgrade the AC or put on some aftermarket fans to cool the coil faster. If anyone knows please let me know. Thanx



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8/28/2005
20:49:36

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Hmmmm, I'm having the same problem. I have my own set of gages and vacuum pump and I can't find anything wrong. All the pressure readings on the high and low side are normal. The line going through the firewall is ice cold, but no cold air comes out of the vents. I think there is a problem with the dampers letting air from the AC mix with the heater core.



Rich Leon
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8/28/2005
20:57:25

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I have a '98 that I bought used, and decided to have a dealer look at it, because of the same thing, and they have told me that it's perfectly normal for these trucks, and yes, they checked for leaks, and for a full charge.



MikeW
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10/01/2005
01:47:32

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I talked to a dodge dealer and they said that the condensor is too small for the truck and its normal (Dodge made it that way). So if the condensor was increased the coil would have to be increased (and it might not fit in the box). Looks like we might be stuck with this problem. Maybe it was a way of increasing horsepower by minimizing the effect of the AC. Looks like I'll be driving mine in the coller months till I can find another option.

Mike



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10/01/2005
18:21:50

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Now I'm no mechanic, but my guess would be that it's the condenser. Here's a quick test that may help you narrow it down...take a water hose and spray water on it with the engine and a/c on. I bet you'll notice it instantly cool down. The dealer is full of it when they say the condenser is too small for a truck. I say this simply for the reason that I'm in San Antonio (very hot) and as soon as I crank the engine and turn the a/c on, it INSTANTLY gets cold, and then frigid. Most people on this message board would probably agree that while not the most reliable per se, Dodge truck A/C's SHOULD blow ice cold in any climate. Good luck. I didn't have A/C in my truck for 3 years and it sucked. Fixed it myself this year after I got quotes of like 800 and up. It runs wonderfully now.



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10/02/2005
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I got a 99 4x4 CC My air is instant > I'm in Montana but we have had some days it hit 100 give or take a couple a degrees and the truck can sit in the sun for hours > Get in and in 5 or so minutes i'm turning down the fan > Works as good or better then any i ever had > My truck is the dark green



Austin
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10/02/2005
22:43:01

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Just so ya know, mine is a black 4 banger with a dark grey interior, so it gets extremely hot sitting in the sun for any period of time, but cools down real quick once I get it started.



mwigley
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10/03/2005
08:23:10

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I believe this may be a problem only on the R/T's from what my dealer was telling me. Maybe I'll ask the dealer to compare the condensor on the R/T to one on a SLT and see if there's any difference. I had a 2001 quad cab SLT 4.7 liter prior to buying this 2002 R/T and the A/C worked great.



Cowboy1_1
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10/03/2005
08:49:31

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Mike ,
Don't quote me on this but maybe check into taking an A/C Condensor out of a Ram with the 5.9 . I'm pretty sure the condensor is bigger and might hook right up . I would check to make sure it will fit . Its something to chech on .



mwigley
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10/03/2005
21:11:04

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Cowboy,
thanx, thought about it but if it works the same as central heat and air (not sure), a larger condesor (requiring more freon) wouldnt help because the fan and coil couldnt handle the amount of freon running through the condensor. It would probably have problems freezing up. Had this problem with a mismatched AC system on my house recently. Maybe if I could get a larger fan and coil to fit with that condensor it might work. Then again I'm no AC expert. Thanks for the thoughts.



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10/03/2005
21:27:21

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i replace my belt that ran the a/c and now get better mpg.



robert
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6/20/2014
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I have a 98 Dakota 5.2 my ac turn it on blows cold air for a short time then warm/hot air . then air flow goes from panel to defroster when accelerateing can anyone give me some advice were to start




Johnny
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3/28/2016
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I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota and recently the AC works intermittently.

I have been to two “repair” shops for a fee based diagnostic, and even though the AC works at times, they both said I needed a compressor and gave me a $1200.00 or so estimate.

Last week I had to attend a meeting In Chico, (I live in Lincoln about 100 miles), and had the AC on all the way….it worked great. After my 1 hour meeting I headed home and the AC worked great for about 10 minutes, then blew warm air.

I stopped and looked and the clutch was not spinning. I shut it off and drove about 50 miles and tried it again and it came on and worked just fine the rest of the way.

Does this sound like a bad compressor?

Thanks





FLORIDA BOB
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8/14/2016
11:54:10

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New to this type of request for help. Have a 2008 Dakota V8. A/C works fine until I get into high humidity / rain. (live in Florida). Then the air flow through vents gets restricted and cold air is reduced. Turn off A/C air flow starts to come back strong again. This happened 6-7 times on way home on a 175 mile trip. 11-03-15
had A/C EVAPORATOR TEMP SENSOR replaced. 5-23-16 same problem, had AUTOMATIC "SUN LOAD FRONT" TEMP SENSOR replaced. 7-11-16 had 2nd EVAPORATOR TEMP SENSOR REPLACED. Still same problem. Any ideas please. Thanking you in advance. Bob



Suan
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2/01/2017
14:41:32

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Does anyone know where to purchase an a/c evaporator temperature sensor for a 2004 dodge Dakota Slt V8. I have looked all over the internet and cannot find one and need it really bad. Thanks, Suan



hrntphxr
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8/12/2017
10:50:36

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Just bought an 04 Dakota QC 4.7L 4x4, 88K Miles.
The AC only blows cold when turned to the last two
clicks on the temp knob, its mixed warm air above
that. Pressures checked good per specs. System
evacuated and recharged, still exactly the same.
Going send a not to FCA and see if I can get a
response.



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