1996 Dodge Caravan AC not blowing cold air

Tiny
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  • 1996 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 121,000 MILES
My AC will has not blow cold air since I bought it. Recently I wanted to try to fix the problem. So I bought an ac recharge kit and refilled the system to the proper pressure. However the gauge reads the same when the system is on or off and also when the van is off. The clutch is engaging and the system blows air (hot). I checked the fuses but they are all fine. Any ideas as to what could be causing the problem?
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 AT 8:46 PM

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Tiny
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Check the blend door. If it isn't working, you will either get all AC or all heat?
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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 AT 12:27 AM
Tiny
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I think the blend door is operating fine because I can control the heat when the heater is on (as far as how hot it gets). When the AC is on it seems to blow about as hot as the outside air temp. If the blend door wasn't working I wouldn't be able to control the temp. Of the heater right? Any other ideas?

****My mistake. Took another look and the clutch is actually not engaging. All the fuses look good. And I turned the air on low and switched back and forth between hot and cold and I can clearly hear the blend door opening and closing. I'm thinking it's more than likely a bad compressor or clutch and probably isn't worth fixing. What do you suggest? And thank you for all the help so far!
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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 AT 10:58 AM
Tiny
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If the clutch isn't turning on, the first thing to check is to make sure there is freon in the system. If it is low, it won't turn on.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
PS: You are correct about the blend air door.
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 AT 12:08 AM
Tiny
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I used on of those refill cans with the gauge and filled it up to 55lbs of pressure ( it read 0 before I filled it) but it still wouldn't kick on. Is it possible to turn the clutch by hand to see if it spins. I tried but it would only move a half inch or so in either direction. And thank you for the help.

Also should I try to "jump" the compressor by pulling the A/C relay and jump the connectors? If so what are the correct connector #'s to "jump"?
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 AT 6:17 PM
Tiny
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Have you rechecked to make sure the freon didn't leak out? Also, you can run power directly to the compressor to see if it kicks on.

Let me know.

Joe
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 AT 10:19 PM
Tiny
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Yeah I have been looking and haven't been able to find and leaks. The A/C hasn't worked since I bought the van so not sure how long it's been empty for. When I bought it I was told it worked but that was in January so I couldn't tell. I'll try to run power directly to it and see if it will kick on. Thanks for the reply.
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
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Isn't that great. They tell you the AC works, but you can't even check it. In the future, here is what to do if you get another car in the winter. Turn the defroster on and check to make sure the compressor is working. It works to dehumidify the air to clear the windshield faster.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 AT 10:38 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the tip! I will keep that in mind.
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 AT 11:50 PM
Tiny
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Glad to help. Let me know what you find.
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Friday, August 20th, 2010 AT 8:32 PM

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