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I am sorry if there is another post on this, I am new here and don't know how to search yet.
I have a 2008 Nitro, with under 14,000 miles on it. I have had it in the shop 4 times for the airconditioner and working on a 5th. It was really warm here the other day and I needed it on (my daughter has a health condition if she gets to hot she gets very sick) well it is not blowing cold air again. Uggg It gets to be 110 here and having air is a must and I buy a car that the air does not work. We have had this since it was new, we bought it new in 09. I called Dodge yesterday and let them know this can't go on anymore, I just don't know what to do.
Any ideas, help, suggestion would be soooo appreciated. Here is what it is doing.
Turn it on and it warm air, not hot just warm. Drive about 30 min. it may start getting cooler but maybe not. The dealer said it should blow at 53 degrees, well our rental car was way colder than that and it was perfect. We bought 3 different kinds of thermometers to check the temp. They checked it, no leaks, and can't find anything wrong with it.
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Mine does the same thing. I am not happy about it. But my local dealer also says there is nothing wrong... If it is 80 Deg outside, it takes 15 minutes of driving to cool off the inside. I too am very frustrated with the whole situation, and now my warranty is expired. IMO they need to replace the expansion valve, but they say "it is working within normal parameters". So they won't make it right. This has been my complaint since day 1. Not a happy camper at all.
There are a couple of TSB issued for A/C problems, but most are related to the 07 model year. Even those did not fix my issue.(I have an 07.)
The other thing the dealer could try(but probably won't) is to completely evacuate the A/C system of refrigerant and oil. Then recharge it. Too much oil in the system can cause the symptoms we both have. My dealer refused to do this as it is "operating within normal parameters". I know there are other folks here who live in much hotter climates than the Pacific Notrhwest, and their A/C works great.
Why mine is crap I don't know, and the dealer doesn't care enough to figure it out!
This summer I plan on taking it to an independent A/C specialist to have it fixed.
 
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Thanks for the info.

Well, I have dealing with Doge corp. since Monday. I am close to my warranty miles, thanks for bringing that up. Now the compromiser is completely shot, not turning on nothing. They need to fix this issues. They are passed the lemon law requerments and if I have to I will hire an attorney. I pain a ton of money for my car, not to much to ask for the air to work right? lol
I think I would like to post this again or do a search to see if any one else has had this issue, do you know what would be the best way?

Thanks again,
Lorie
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There were a lot of issues in early 07, but most were fixed with the TSB programming. There have been a couple of us with continued A/C issues, but we get the "Operating with in normal parameters" from our dealer and we are stuck.

I did go to another dealer (5 star) who was working on getting it fixed for me, and they had made some progress. Then Dodge pulled their dealership from them. Now I'm stuck with the dealer (3 star) who won't do anything for me.
Try taking it to another dealer.
 

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i got my '08 in May of 2008 and shortly there after, my A/C was blowing hot. It seems to me, if i remember, the dealership did a TSB to flash for the auto trans, which in turn also did a flash for the A/C, but my memory is bad. Anyway, it's been cooling fine since. I know this doesn't help Lorie much, but somehow my problem was cured by a computer they hooked up to the car and ran a program. It's my opinion that Chrysler's A/C's don't work as good as GM's, they don't blow as cold, all my GM cars would freeze you out, not so with the Nitro.

Lorie, where do you live, it's below zero here? Lorie, don't give up on the lemon law, in Illinois it's three times to the dealer for same problem and you can apply, and you do not need an attorney. My daughter had a Chevy that would not start when it was hot outside, above 85F, got the ball rolling on our own and they gave her a brand new car, same model a year newer, zero cost to her.

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OK mad now!

Well, I was being very nice when I called the corporation. I got a "higher up" and he gave me the we will do everything we can to solve this for you, we will get you a rental car and bla bla bla. Well, I have once again been trying to call them since Friday and no call back. So, I am moving on to the lemon law no more. They make you feel like your the one at fault and I did nothing put pay a crap load of money for a car that does not have air. If any one knows anything about the Ca. lemon law I would love the info. I am doing lots of research on it now.
I am in California, last week it was 70 here. I know that is not hot enough to complain about air but my daughter has a rare health condition called RSD and if she gets over heated she gets very sick. I even explained this to them, this is why it is sooooo important..
Thanks everyone for the help, at lest someone cares lol :smileup:
 

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One member here did a lemon law on a VW in Cali. But she has not been around for quite a while. Good luck with it. Sorry the dealer could not make it right.
Did you try a different dealer?
 

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I have 2009 R/T and I am facing the same problem. Now the A/C has went bad for the 3rd time where it just blows air and it is not cooling. I take it and they change the evaporator kit and it gets fixed. The first time it was repaired for a good year, the second time it was fixed for 10 days only and now the car is back to the dealer.
 
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So sorry..

It's so frustrating, ours will work for a little while then stops. When we go to turn it on to use it again it does not work. I don't ask much, but I really would like to have my air working during our heat spells of 110 sometimes. I paid a lot of money for this car, and I LOVE IT! But it's not reliable, and other things are going wrong with it; door lock on driver side, leather is wrinkling, brakes have made a sound since we bought it (they say it's normal) and now it's running really rough. My friend said to me "you have a Friday, Monday car, Friday they are in a hurry to get out of there for the weekend and Monday they are still recovering from the weekend" lol
We have retained an attorney to help us with the lemon law, Chrysler is the only maker that does not deal with the Better Businesses Bureau and do not work with arbitrations.
Good luck and if I can be of any help please feel free to write me.
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Lorie
 

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Mine'll blow a little on the warm side when I first start it, but usually gets cold right away once moving......Been doing that since I bought it. Hasn't gotten any worse.
 

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Whell i bought mine in october last year and haven´t been needing the A/C until now.
But ot inly blows warm air, thought that an American car would have a decent A/C!
But i can´t get the A/C button to work when in auto mode is that right?
 

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Bad A/C

Yeah I have joined the proverbial club. A few months ago I noticed my A/C not working full time. Now it just works whenever it wants to. When it doesn't work, it's like 100+ here in AR but when it does work, it will run you out of there. So it's not a freon issue. I can tell the compressor is not kicking on, so I know when the hot air will be blowing. I can't pinpoint the cause or reason for this thing not working, but like Lorie I need it to work. It's like it won't work first time in the day of driving but after that sometimes it will work. Friend suggested maybe a vacuum problem, but I have no idea. Anyone else with any clues?

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I have had the same issue since I bought my truck new in 07. Some times the AC starts blowing cold air right away and some times I have to restart truck. At least part of the time when I turn it on & it does not work it will start blowing cold air once I get to 25mph. Dealer has always told me that it is working within normal requirements. AC & door handles are 2 things that should have a full TSB to fix them but at this point I am guessing no.:Racing:
 

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just a brief update after my encounter with AC problem. The dealer told me that their was a leak with the line feeding the freon so they replaced it and it worked for another week then same problem again. This time they told me its the compressor and they replaced the whole unit compressor + evaporator kit. It has been working perfectly for our extreme heat in Saudi Arabia until a week ago. I believe the compressor went bad again...any advice for a permanent solution?? Do you know if you if i could install an AC using parts from another vehicle like a Toyota because they have the best A/C for our summer.
 

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just a brief update after my encounter with AC problem. The dealer told me that their was a leak with the line feeding the freon so they replaced it and it worked for another week then same problem again. This time they told me its the compressor and they replaced the whole unit compressor + evaporator kit. It has been working perfectly for our extreme heat in Saudi Arabia until a week ago. I believe the compressor went bad again...any advice for a permanent solution?? Do you know if you if i could install an AC using parts from another vehicle like a Toyota because they have the best A/C for our summer.
Hey I was wondering if you ever figured this out or if you were able to get some kind of compensation help from dodge? My mom's uh air compressor keeps going out and they had figured out that it is on the same electrical as the car charger and that she's not able to use the car charger and the air conditioner at the same time cause that burns out the compressor so her mechanic wants to put the compressor on it's own electrical possibly but she just got this done and it should still be under warranty but he says it's not able to be warranty because her car ruined the compressor. Tia.
 

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Hey I was wondering if you ever figured this out or if you were able to get some kind of compensation help from dodge? My mom's uh air compressor keeps going out and they had figured out that it is on the same electrical as the car charger and that she's not able to use the car charger and the air conditioner at the same time cause that burns out the compressor so her mechanic wants to put the compressor on it's own electrical possibly but she just got this done and it should still be under warranty but he says it's not able to be warranty because her car ruined the compressor. Tia.
Welcome to the forum @tamaze. When you have a chance, head over to the Newbie Section (<click this) and say "Hi".
Tell us a little about yourself and your ride.
That way we can welcome you all proper like.

Total B.S.
The only relationship between the power outlet(Cigarette lighter socket) in the cabin and the A/C control, is the run and run/start relays.
The run and run/start relays supplies power for to many things to list. If there was an issue with the run/start relay circuit you would be lucky if anything worked at all! Including starting the Nitro.
The 2 systems are not even on the same fuse or wires.
The only electrical connection on the a/c compressor is the clutch coil.
The compressor is just mechanical.
1. If the compressor burnt up, that could happen, if the A/C looses a charge. But if it did loose the charge, the clutch would be disabled by the computers.
So not possible.
2. If the A/C clutch coil was powered all the time, it could cause issues with the compressor. But that would mean a short in the system which should pop the fuse.
Not likely.
3. If the first compressor wore out to the point of breaking, it is almost guaranteed it sent debris into tubes, evaporator, and condenser. If the system was not properly cleaned at the time of the compressor replacement, that debris will work its way back to the new compressor and ruin it.
MY BET.
4. If the new compressor burnt up do to lack of PAG oil (It is possible).
That would be the installers error for not adding the proper amount.
MY BET #2

The A/C is computer controlled. It would not be possible to make it work correctly with "Alternate" wiring.
 
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