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No AC after recall repair, 2010 Dodge Journey

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Sep 9, 2016, 6:48 AM

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I've got a 2010 Dodge Journey that just had a recall done. The recall involved the power steering lines and replace the power steering cooler and return lines.

Can anyone tell me if there is an interconnection between that system and the AC system in this vehicle?



Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 9, 2016, 7:46 AM

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Wow! A recall @ 17 model years old and a complaint with the fix. OMG - how to blame (if what you think is caused by that work) it on those things being replaced I smell troubles.

First how does anyone know if A/C worked before this at this point? See the trouble?

The easy answer is yes it could be a reason. The cooler would normally be up front of everything which is in front of the air conditioner's "condenser" is the name of it's part near the cooler or requiring moving it.

That part can just go at any time any day if so much as a stone hits it from driving and poof no A/C. Could it be damaged from doing work near it - yes as said but proving that will probably take seeing some damage unlikely caused by something else if that at all - unknown right now totally.

Perhaps best thing to do is first see if the condenser is showing oil leak evidence now but tough as some oils from removing a PS cooler might be around.

This is only one of a zillion things that makes A/C work is have "refrigerant gas" properly filled in the system. If it leaked out it wouldn't blow cool air but everything should otherwise function normally like the blower and which ducts air comes out.

IDK - you could ask for another shop to make a guess and see if there's any charge just static pressure in the system at all or try just taking it back or calling the shop that did the recall work stating what you've noticed and hope you can find out why and fixed without a fight over essentially an impossible situation depending on what is really found wrong that makes the A/C NOT work now,


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Sep 9, 2016, 8:17 AM

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one could make a argument either way - suggest you find out what is AC issue - an unplugged component - a hole in condenser? then consider likely causes.

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Sep 9, 2016, 8:18 AM

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First of all, what an ignorant response. Let me guess, you're the old guy on this forum that everyone needs to tip-toe around. You like showing up the young mechanics with your "vast knowledge" of everything mechanical.

I can see you're credentials don't include "detective", so let me break down my post to make it clearer....

Through the power of deductions, I have deduced there could be an interconnection between the recall work and the AC not working. I use the words " could be". I am not a mechanic, and thus my request for information here on this forum.

You asked if anyone knows if the AC worked before this......
Of course it worked, why else would I pose the question. Once again, I am not a mechanic, but over the years I have been able to develop a keen sense of the difference between hot and cold.

My issue with the AC isn't a blame game. I was simply asking for mechanical insight into the interconnection between the cooling unit and the AC unit.

The vehicle in question is a daily driver, and has been passed onto our teenage daughter after years of reliable service. It's out of character for the AC not to work.

But thanks for the incoherant, rambling response anyway.

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Sep 9, 2016, 8:30 AM

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Thanks Kev,

Appreciate the response.

Hammer Time
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Sep 9, 2016, 1:12 PM

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There is a possibility that they may have needed to disconnect or move the AC condenser if the lines ran to a cooler in front of the condenser but we don't know that situation actually occurred.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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Sep 10, 2016, 6:23 AM

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I agree with Kevin. Figure out why the ac doesn't work and you'll have your answer if the previous repair caused the issue and how. Let us know what you find out.

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

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