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madramper on Wed May 21, 2008 5:49 PM User is offline

Year: 2002
Make: Dodge
Model: ram 1500
Refrigerant Type: 134a
Country of Origin: United States

Hello,

I have a 2002 dodge ram 1500 (6 cylinders) with 50000 miles. At Idle, when I turn on the a/c, the a/c compressor sporadically engages thus producing no cooling effect. However, when driving, the a/c is ice cold. As soon as I get into traffic or idling situation, the a/c compressor begins to engage sporactically again. The truck is in excellent condition and the a/c has never been worked on. I do most of the mechanical work on my vehicles and I've done a complete a/c replacement on my honda.Therefore, I would like to repair the a/c myself. Any insight on this situation would be greatly appreciated before I tackle this problem. Thanks

Madramper

P.S I did lend the truck to a friend for a month and I don't know if he may have added more freon to the system. I'm unable to reach him now to ask.

mk378 on Wed May 21, 2008 6:02 PM User is offline

Check your radiator fan first. It may still turn, but does it really roar and move some air? Can you get the A/C to cool at idle by spraying water on the condenser to cool it?

After ruling that out you'll need to measure the pressures.

madramper on Wed May 21, 2008 6:08 PM User is offline

Mk378,

thank you very much. will try your suggestions. thanks

madramper on Wed May 21, 2008 7:23 PM User is offline

Thanks for the info. The fuse to the fan was blown. As soon as i sprayed the radiator and condenser with water the ac worked perfectly. On my way to purchase a box of fuses. Thanks

Madramper

chris142 on Wed May 21, 2008 9:32 PM User is offline

I see lots of those fans that are burned up. Pretty dumb idea of Dodge to put the rad on one side and the condensor on the other.

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