Question about 2002 Dodge Stratus
Had the heater fixed, now the a/c won't work. The a/c worked before the heater was fixed but now it doesn't
Used to be vacuum controlled, but now the doors inside the heater/AC suitcase (housing under the dash for the heater and a/c unit) are electrical rheostat controlled, and tend to give problems. These rheostats open and close the doors used to control where hot air and cold air is tunneled to the dash vents. (the hot to cold dial on the dash is a rheostat which controls an electric motor connected to a door, which opens for hot air, and closes for cold air). The rheostat or motor, it controls, has gone bad. Find an independent garage that you like, (NOT the stealership) and the price to fix will be a lot cheaper and more reliable. Good Luck
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Right under the radiator cap. Remove the 2 bolts and the hoses on the housing and there it is. Please rate me!
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
you can change the thermostat yourself for under 20 dollars. if you dont know how go to an autozone and they will assist you.
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
Removed cluster from dashboard and unplugged & turned the whole cluster clockwise very slowly and needle started moving from 150 mph back down to 0 mph when rotation was completely done. Kept cluster upright while re-installing and plugged back in the plugs on back and everything was fine. Called local Dodge dealer and told me would take 30-45 minutes to reset and would cost approximately $70 to fix. Took about 8-10 minutes of my time and saved myself $70. This may not work for everyone but this was my amazing quick fix thanks to GOD for giving me this thought to try this.
Posted on Jul 19, 2009
The car most likely has a blower motor resistor, if it is like my 2004 dodge dakota, you're lucky, when mine quit it was very cold and the first portion of the resistor burned out, taking out all four fan speeds. Enough about me, lets get to your problem. the blower motor resistor is located inside the HVAC duct, (heating, ventalation, and cooling) on the passenger side footwell area. it is accessed from inside the passenger compartment. It has multiple resistor circuts. thats why you lost the two lower speeds and then the two faster speeds. You can test it with a multi meter to see if it is open. it looks like this when removed.
They are about 33.00 from rockauto.com. When you find the conector on the duct that is conected to this resistor block, remove the conector with a small screwdriver, you have to find the lock tab and gently lift it up and pull on the conector to remove the conector. remove one screw and it will come out. most times you can tell if they are bad by looking at them. if you cant test it have someone you know that can do it. I am 99% positive that that is your problem. unless the conector came loose. Pleas let us know if this was helpful as i strive to improve helping others on a daily basis. Good Luck! and You'll be warm again soon.
Posted on Dec 18, 2009
The thermostat on this car is located on the passenger side lower Engine block. Follow the lower radiator hose and it will lead you right to it. The Wheel and splash guarding need to be removed as well as the Alternator to gain access to the housing bolts. It about a 3 hour job to replace thermostat.
Posted on Mar 12, 2010
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