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3rd Compressor Last July (2007) I was hearing a strange noise, and brought my 2001 Grand Caravan to the dealer, who said it was the compressor and replaced it. As I was driving away, I was hearing the exact same noise and brought it right back. They went over the job, then determined it was a bad part and went ahead and replaced it all over again. Summers here in New England require a/c for 3 months (if that), so I got about a little over a month of use out of that new compressor, because in June we turned on the a/c to get some nice luke warm air (outside temperature). Now the dealer is replacing the compressor AGAIN along with the Blend Door and other tiny leaks for $1700. I'm disgusted. Is there anything a poor consumer can do to ensure that the air conditioning system does not break down again??

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  • Jo Steenborg Jul 30, 2008

    I have a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport which started making strange noises early in 2008. I had the compressor replaced and it worked fine for a couple of weeks. It blew hot air again---back to the shop for trip #2. It blew cold for a couple of days---back to the shop for trip #3.

    I took it to a different mechanic last week. He is as puzzled as I am about what could be causing the problem. We've checked blower motor, condensor, etc. It's been in the shop 7 days and still no solution. We're scheduled for a trip to San Antonio next week. I am going to have to rent a car because the temperatures are running 105 degrees in late afternoon.



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Generally speaking, compressors fail because of lack of oil or lubrication. People go to Walmart and buy Freon and then add it to the system without any knowledge of what they have or the task they are about to perform. A/C systems are much more complicated then just adding freon! In fact, most of that store bought freon is loaded with harmful additives..........oil, leak sealer.....BAD FOR THE SYSTEM! The quantity and the correct oil is paramount to a properly working A/C system. Leak sealer will plug components! NO......NO.....NO!!
Changing out a compressor or for that fact any A/C component requires adjustment of the oil and also quantifying the quantity within the system..........too much or too little is detrimental to system failure!!!Dodge uses Santech compressors which are very good and if properly maintained, last a looooong time!!! You might want to consider finding a reputable A/C shop or private individual in the business that knows their business!!!

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Ask the dealer this is 3rd time its going to replace it there must some factory defect which is causing this problem , please get the compressor with extended warranty say about 3 years, tell your facing this problem ,once fixed get it checked every 3 months which helps keep a long life of the compressor and reduce the burden to you for maintainance of the car................

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