1999 Chrysler Town and Country A/C Failure

Tiny
ALDIES
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  • 1999 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 104,000 MILES
I have owned this mini van since 75000 miles. When I bought it I noticed it had a reman compressor. It wasn't too long before that died. I replaced it with a new compressor. Being cheap, I flushed out the system, and did not replace the condenser. I did replace the drier, the o-rings, and the expansion valve. I evacuated the system, and enjoyed the cool. However I did not find the leak, and after some time, I had to add refrigerant on a monthly basis. I never could see a leak using UV Dye. My question is where are these vans prone to leaking? Should I have changed the evaporator? Does this entail complete removal of the dash? Where is the back evap? Does it usually leak? I have just purchased another round of parts, and am ready to sacrifice another weekend, but I really do not want to do this again. This time I have bought the following:
NEW COMPRESSOR
NEW CONDENSER MAIN
NEW CONDENSER SUPPLIMENTAL (REAR AIR)
SUCTION HOSE
DISCHARGE HOSE
DRIER
EXPANSION VALVE
EVAPORATOR FRONT
NEW O-RINGS
Is it likely that I should do the rear evap and expansion valve too?
What could a repair like this possibly cost at a shop?
I had to take the whole front of the van apart to do this the first time.
Thanks for any advice that you can offer.
AL
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Saturday, December 13th, 2008 AT 8:56 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

To better assist you I need to know if your vehicle is a short wheel base, long wheel base, a limited, LX, LXI or SX. Also the size of your engine in liter and the 8th digit of your VIN.
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Saturday, December 13th, 2008 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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Ok yes it could leak inside the car. I would use a sniffer to sniff out the leak as die will not be seen from inside. In the rear there is a seperate evaporator, blower motor and expansion valve. As for the removal of the front evap no you take the heater suit case apart in the vehicle so the dash does not need to come out. As for the rear it is behind the right rear quarter trim panel. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for your support.
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Saturday, December 13th, 2008 AT 10:10 PM
Tiny
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This is a long wheel base van model LXi seventh digit of the vin is "L" Motor size is 3.8l. Thanks again.
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 AT 9:32 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

racefan966 has provided you excellent information and I have attached the estimate that you requested.

Looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.


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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 AT 11:03 PM

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