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Town & Country/Caravan Heating / Cooling



  • I have a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with a leak in the rear A/C evaporator. I have been told it will take 4 to 6 weeks to get a replacement as there are over 6000 of these units on backorder. I can't help but think with this kind of failure rate that these are defective products and should be on recall. The car is about 8000 miles out of warranty. I would like to hear from others who are experiencing this problem.
  • kccatkccat Posts: 1
    I just learned today we have the same problem on our 06 Grand Caravan. Our van has 59,300 miles. The independent garage we take our vehicles to estimated the repair (including rear evaporator core, receiver drier, and evaporator expansion valve) would be $1043.00. Same garage also told me that the water pump will probably need to be replaced soon, which I think will be around $400.00. I am ready to bail out of this vehicle unless I can get some help. The AC leak is very small, we had it charged in May - they could not find a leak and put in dye - the cold air lasted a little over a month. Like you, I was told the parts were on order. I had them charge it once more today because of the 90+ temperatures now - not sure how long it will last. I called the dealer and could get no help. I am wondering whether to trade in now or make the repair.
  • I have been checking into A/C problems on the internet and received this message from a large auto parts supplier:
    Well, you are correct about this being a widespread problem. I was contacted by my vendor a few weeks ago, notifying me that this evaporator core is under development, and that I had better place my order, because orders for this unit are huge.

    I just checked AllData and Mitchell for any bulletins regarding any A/C issues for your Grand Caravan (I checked Chrysler Town & Country as well), but there was nothing pertaining to the evaporator. Yet. I can tell you that there was a little-known bulletin related to the 2001-2003 models of your same vehicle with respect to the A/C compressor, in which Chrysler extended the warranty due to a higher than normal failure rate.

    We sell more Chrysler evaporator cores than any other, so they do have some problems. At this point, I recommend (1)making a big fuss, especially with the facts you have. If enough folks do that, they’ll cover the replacement. You might also post this issue on some Chrysler web forums. (2) Keep checking back for a technical service bulletin to be issued for this problem.

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    I am currently trying to contact the Chrysler District Service Manager and intend to follow up on this problem as much as possible.
  • I took my van to a local independent repair shop as they were a little cheaper. They ordered the part one day and it came the next so there are some evaparators around. I only hope this one is better than the original. I have had no response from the district service manager so I assume they don't care about the problem and I didn't want to give any more money to the Chrysler Corp.
  • inhistimeinhistime Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Grand Caravan STX w/ 18,000 miles. The rear A/C evaporator was replaced this month by the dealership. I had to wait about one month for the part to arrive because there were several other vehicles waiting for the same part.

    When the outside temp is over 90 degrees the vehicle interior is still warm. I am sweating even when using the recalculate feature :( The dealership checked it for the 3rd time and found nothing wrong. Have you experienced this problem and do you have any suggestions for a solution? Thanks
  • thedogethedoge Posts: 1
    I am in the same boat (waiting for the rear A/C evaporator) :sick: . 06 T&C with about 35K miles (phew just made it). Been enjoying the 90+ degree days with no A/C while waiting for over a month now. What crap. They should provide a loaner car for such a prolonged issues under warranty!

    I am also concerned about how long it will stay fixed since I am about to go out of warranty.
  • I guess we are part of a much bigger 'club'. This weekend, I noticed fluid all over the garage floor at the right rear tire of our 2006 T&C. Wasn't sure what the leaking box was, so took it to the dealer today. He informed me that it was the Rear A/C Evaporator and that it is a $945 repair. Also said there were over 300 units on backorder and he could not give me a date at all. But would call when it came in.

    $945 for a this part? On a vehicle barely 3 years old, and then to find all of this info.... also found posts that this was a problem on the '05 model and Chrysler issued a recall for the "rust belt" states. :mad: :lemon:
  • Hello All :

    I have a 2006 SXT (50,000 miles) which just had the rear evaporator replaced yesterday. The wait was about 4 weeks. The cost was $1,068 at Fire Stone. I can not believe that Dodge will not stand behind defective workmanship. At least they should be going after their subcontractor. It appears that the evaporator and the expansion valve are one unit. I was told that you can not just replace the expanson valve. There is also a hose that is recommended to be replaced. I do not believe I will buy a dodge again if thet can not stand behind their workmanship.
  • Hello,

    I just had to replace the rear evaporator also in my 2006 Dodge GC SXT. Got dealer to provide the part free but had to have a Dodge Dealer install it. Problem is that I had already paid almost $400 to have a repair shop try to fix it. They are the ones who discovered the problem. So I had to pay labor twice for same work!!!
    Very disappointed but not surprised by Chrysler's not issuing a TSB on this problem. If they had I would have went to a Dealer in the first place.
  • I have a 1994 Grand Caravan LE, with front and rear air. This is a minor problem, but maybe someone else has had the same problem.With the front air blowing out the dash vents on high, the air drops to the floor vents. I can shut off the blower switch, then turn it back on and it switches back up to the dash vents. When the air drops to the floor, a clunk can be heard, possible a malfunctioning blend door.If anyone has had this problem, I would appreciate the advice.
  • Over the last 2 weeks ive noticed that when am idling at a stop light the heater wont blow warm air, it is very cold air that comes out. But as soon as i push on the excelorator and speed up it will blow warm/hot air. anyone else with this problem. i had replaced the blower motor resitor earlier this year for problems i had listed in a previous post and the problem was fixed.
  • I have a 2002 TC and the front blower quit working on all speeds. When I took off the glove box to check it out I could see that where the blower wires connect it was melted/burned.

    Any suggestion on what I should do/replace?
  • Hello,

    I have the same exact problem as Chaz6.

    Reading through the posts I did not see an official resolution.

    Any advice on fixing would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks !!!!
  • Has anyone had this problem? The temp. control on the drivers side works fine and the passenger side will blow cold air sometimes. My wife will freeze and then, not touching anything, it will blow out hot air for awhile. :mad:
  • chrytcchrytc Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Town and Country touring. The blower for the front works fine but the rear blower does not function. I checked the underhood rear blower fuse and relay and they are ok. What else can I check or replace. Thanks.
  • leschinsleschins Posts: 2
    We have a 1996 Town & Country Mini-Van. The heater and air conditioner blower stopped working recently on all but the highest speed. A friend told me that this is actually an electrical problem (apparently it's called a regulator or an actuator or a resistor . . . but my friend doesn't remember exactly what it is called) and the part can be replaced. Does anyone know what the name of the part and part number is??? Also, would you know if it is necessary to have a mechanic replace it or can I attempt to do this myself? Many thanks for your help. P. Leschins
  • I forget the name of the part, but it is a simple fix you can do yourself. Look on the air system/fan housing under the dash board on the passenger side below the glove box door. Up behind the glovebox, you will see a plug connector on the housing. Remove the plug, then remove the 2 screws holding the electrical component to the housing. Carefully wiggle the part while pulling it out of it's mounting opening. If I remember correctly, it may be a daealer only item. Just slide the new one into the opening, and reattach the connector plug and your problem should be solved. Make sure when you put the new one in, the gasket is in place to prevent any water leakage from comming in around the part.
  • leschinsleschins Posts: 2
    Thanks so much! P. Leschins
  • dons425dons425 Posts: 1
    I have a 04 Pacifica that the blower just quit in. After changing the blower after a reputable shop did some quick troubleshooting on an didn't fix I have jumpered out the blower to the appropriate fuse and have a blower on high till I can get it fixed. I wonder if the same FET is in my 04 Pacifica control module?
  • suzjsuzj Posts: 3
    I'm now a member of the Rear Evaporator Replacement Club. Yes, "Club." It sounds like there are enough of us out there to form a club.

    My 2006 T&C with 50,000 miles on it needs the rear evaporator and lines replaced, and it's a minimum $800.

    I'm trying to decide whether to have the dealer do the repair, or my local repair shop. I called Chrysler, and they said for them to even consider a claim, I must have it diagnosed at a dealership. That's fine, but has anyone had any positive results with Chrysler taking responsibiltiy for this on an out-of-warranty T&C? I don't want to get it done at a dealership unless there's some hope of Chrysler paying for at least part of the repair.

    It sounds like this is a vulnerable part. Am I going to need to repair this expensive part again in another few years?

    I bought this van used in April '08. So far, I'm not very happy.

    Maybe it's time for all of us affected by this to start writing Chrysler.
  • suzjsuzj Posts: 3
    I was told my rear evaporator needs replacing as well, an $1,100 fix, and the parts are on huge back order, so a long wait.

    I took it to a trusted mechanic, and he said there's another option -- disconnect the rear air and recharge the system, just use the front a/c. That was done, and so now the front air works fine. It just takes a little longer to cool the back. The fix was $375.

    My '06 T&C is out of warranty, and I didn't want to pay $1,100 for a rear evaporator for fear it might happen again because I've heard it's due to vibration and possibly a design defect.

    No recall by Chrysler so far. They should take responsibility for this. One dealer I called said there are 4,000 requests per week for rear evaporators, so it's a common problem.

    Rear air was not standard in minivans in the past, so it's not so awful to be without it.
  • rjmtripsrjmtrips Posts: 1
    My father has the same issue as you. Is the evaporator core located in the back passenger side of the wheel wall. Is this something anyopne can fix if they had the parts. Thanks
  • Suzi, Can you please tell us how the mechanic disconnected the rear evaporator. Non of the mechanics here say it's possible. I would rather do what you did than spend more money for the problem to reoccur. Thanks (
  • suzjsuzj Posts: 3
    I can't tell you how they did it because I know nothing about cars, but I can direct you to my mechanic's web site and phone number if you want to contact them.

    Even my brother, who is not a certified mechanic, was familiar with disconnecting the rear air conditioner/ evaporator. Maybe it's a problem with semantics.

    It has been working fine since I had the work done a few months ago.

    Good luck
  • what was the problem/solution, i am experiencing the same thing right now. thank you
  • Hey everyone new to the forum...
    Just wanted to let everyone know what happened tp me recently, I own a 2006 Grand Caravan SXT and back in JUly 2008 the rear evaporator started leaking (38,000 miles). I couldn't afford the $900 to replace it so i just lived without it. Anyway on Saturday November 14th I received a letter from Chrysler LLC that stated they were going to "extend the warranty on the rear evaporator and tubing (aluminum) 7yrs/70,000miles."
    On monday november 16th i called my local dealership and advised them I wanted to get the work done on my vehicle, they weren't aware of the letter or warranty extension, and asked me to fax my letter to them, they reviewed the letter and on Tuesday the 17th they called and said they had spoken directly to Chrysler and they would honor the letter.
    I dropped thmy vehicle off that same day and they replaced everything free of charge
  • Maybe I did not read far enough but can I test this unit? Mine is from a 2006 TnC I do hear servos moving but no air flow at all (just what I get at 65mph). Mine has coils and 1 resistor running in the middle and this will stop the blower motor?. Reminds me of tubes in TV's! lol
  • OK got the resistor from behind glove box will check on cost at AutoZone. Is there a way to test this unit first?
  • Any chance you still have that letter with the address to send receipts to. We paid to fix it this summer and also received a letter. I can't find the letter now and want to send in my receipts.
  • The letter said to send evaporator receipts to:
    Chrysler Customer Assistance Center
    P O Box 21-8004
    Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004
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