Air Conditioning problem
1996 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 151000 miles
Our 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan with 151,000 miles on it recently had the airconditioning compressor fail in such a way that the pully siezed up and the belt started to smoke. A mechanic just disconnected the compressor switch so it does not engage and the failed compressor is still in because it spins freey with a decent bearing when it is not engaged. We were advised not to fix it, becasue the part costs over $600 and because of the failure mode the system needs to be thoroughly flushed before the new one is placed on. Also they said that this repair often snowballs so the total cost could be anywhere between $1000 and $2000, and further it is difficult to completely flush the system, so a repeated failure shorter afterwards is fairly common with a second compressor failure. My question is whether it is really as dire as it sounds? The Minivan is in very good condition otherwise, but it too hot to drive it without AC and with a pregnant wife. Should I repair it or start looking for something newer?
have the same problem?
Saturday, May 31st, 2008 AT 11:34 PM