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plongson on Sun September 23, 2007 11:35 AM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 1984
Make: jeep
Model: cherokee
Engine Size: 2.8
Refrigerant Type: 134a

Here is one that is a little off beat...

I was out in the desert shooting my AR-15 the other day and I was using the door/window sil to steady rest. (Of course this was not from a moving vehicle ;-)).

Two cases ejected onto the dash and proceeded to fall into the defrost vent hole...tinkle, tinkle...WTF. Way outta sight and down the hole. I moved the selector to defrost and heard them fall even lower. Well, I ain't gonna tear the dash apart to get them out but was wondering??

Will they just fall to some low point and not cause a problem or can they get tangled up in something on this little Jeep??


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JJM on Sun September 23, 2007 12:51 PM User is offline

I was out in the desert shooting my AR-15

Ahhh, what a great American! We need a lot more right thinking folks like you.

Sorry to laugh, but that was really funny. I bet you couldn't get that to happen again if you tried. In any event, as long those shells don't get lodged into any of the mechanisms, like the blend door and mode door, you should be fine; they'll probably just lie there at the bottom of the case remained lodged somewhere. The only concern I'd have is the issue of dissimilar metals, how the shell casing would react with extended contact with the heater core or evaporator core, with the added element of moisture. But I sure as heck wouldn't pull a dash apart, it's an '84 vehicle, who knows how much longer you might have it.


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bohica2xo on Sun September 23, 2007 4:36 PM User is offline


After 40+ years in the shooting sports, I have seen plenty of ammo & brass go down defrost vents. Usually it is not an issue. My '86 ranger went to the bitter end with 5 rounds of 45acp in the system someplace. At least 6 years with them in there.

I am sure the techs here can tell you all kinds of stories about wht they have found in evap cases - perhaps we should trade some tales. I found 3 snap-on sockets, all the same size inside one old LTD. I think the mechanic needed a new 1/4 drive extension...

I bet JJ & Chick can tell us of some wild finds.


"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."
~ Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi, An Autobiography, M. K. Gandhi, page 446.

Chick on Sun September 23, 2007 5:55 PM User is offlineView users profile

Back when I was younger and able to do evaporators () a .22 cal bullet once , razor blades, a dead snake, (thank god it was dead) a few mice, (the ones that get caught in the blower motor cage were a bit messy) nests of other vermin from cars laying a while...Just to name a few things, I'm sure my mind will remember more, oh, sockets, many....Good ones too.. Craftsman and snap on... As stated above, not to worry as long as they don't hit a blend door.... Blower motor squirrel cages are a whole nother story....

Ahh, memory coming back..Safty pins, and "bobby pins"...Never see those anymore....

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Edited: Sun September 23, 2007 at 6:01 PM by Chick

plongson on Sun September 23, 2007 5:59 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks guys for the reply...I kind'a thought they would just fall into a black hole...but you never know.

After I put in that last compressor, the ac has been working great. It would not be worth a "F" in Las Vegas, but in Cedar City, UT, it's just fine. It's a little slow to cool but it gradually gets there. Biggest problem is the poor little motor can't hardly pull the truck, let alone a compressor!! Oh well.. it is a kick in the butt out there in low range and when I'm out in the boonies, I'm not in a rush anyway!

THANKS again!!!


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cc61 on Tue September 25, 2007 11:00 PM User is offline

I couldnt resist so I want to add!! I had a 80's firebird come in the shop about 10 years ago with a heater leak, I pulled the heater cover then the heater and seen this nice little hole!got to looking ! there was a hole in the cover ! the back of the box etc they all aligned so when the customer came to pick it up I confronted him, he honestly knew nothing at that time later I spoke to him again and he had let his nephew borrow the car and he said he had a pistol laying on the seat and it had discharged?? LOL sounds kinda fishy ! I also have found alot of stuff through the years found $100 bill under the floor mat in a chevy van! (returned it without a thankyou or F U ) found an engagement ring, gave it back to the customer and he said his wife lost it and they had claimed the insurance on it ! and yes I have found ammo in heater boxes! makes you think about forrest gump! "life is like a box of chocolates"

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