Air Conditioning problem
1999 Dodge Intrepid 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 160000 miles
I was wondering if replacing my dryer in my 1999 intrepid and recharging the system would help my a/c start working again. I recently had to replace the blower motor resistor but before doing that the a/c would not blow cold or on any setting but high. Now it blows on all settings but not cold. When you first turn on the a/c you can feel that it is cool but it heats up after driving a little. I had the compressor checked and the tech informed me that it was working perfect on the high and low side. They stated that they would replace the dryer and recharge the system for $180, but I was wondering how that could be the problem.
To better assist you if you need to get back with me please let me know if your model is just the Intrepid or the ES model and what the engine size in liter.
It is hard to say unless you have gauges hooked up to see if it is operating okay. If they said to change the dryer and recharge then it may be worth the try.
Once opened the system needs to have a vacuum pulled on it to burn all the moisture out of it and then I would have them put a leak detector dye in it. Obviously the 134a went somewhere. So it will just leak out again. So this way you will be able to see where it is leaking and maybe get that fixed.
Make sure your cooling fans are working okay. Open the hood first thing in the morning and start the car with the AC and blower fan off. The radiator cooling fans should not be turning if the engine is cold. Next reach in and turn the AC on and the blower fan on high.
Look at the radiator cooling fan it should be spinning. If so that part is good.
If that is including the part that may be a good deal.
September, 30, 2009 AT 6:42 PM
Also, it 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.