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Urgent - Dodge Intrepid evaporator - want to buy parts today

fix_it on Fri June 21, 2013 1:19 PM User is offline

Year: 2002
Make: Dodge
Model: Intrepid
Engine Size: 2.7
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Pressure Low: 0
Pressure High: 0

I have a 2002 Intrepid. I'm 99% sure the evaporator is leaking. I want to order one from ackits.com. The only issue is that according to my Dodge dealer, there are two evaporators used in 2002. Cars built up to 1-9-02 used the same style that is listed for a 2001. Cars built after 1-9-02 used the same style as the 2003. This is also supported by oreillyauto.com. They list a Murray 54571 for up to 1-09-02 and a Murray 54917 after.

Here's the problem:
The website ackits.com only shows one number for 2002, the early style. I called and talked to a counter person who looked at more than one supplier, and neither showed more than one part for 2002. I want to order the right part because I can't take it apart till I have the part in hand. There is no time for down time. If I get the wrong one, I'll be forced to put it all back together till the right one gets here. I really don't want to do this twice. Has anyone experienced this? My car was built in 4-2002. This should be the 2003 style, but the parts search engine on ackits.com, as well as the counter person contradict the Dodge dealer.

What is the return policy at ackits.com? If I order both, how much trouble would it be to return the other one? Hoping Tim might offer some insight.

Thanks in advance for an advice.

TRB on Fri June 21, 2013 1:59 PM User is offlineView users profile

One will have a block vale fitting.

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One will have a block/sandwich style setup.

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Edited: Fri June 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM by TRB

fix_it on Fri June 21, 2013 2:17 PM User is offline

Thank you for the quick response. Looks like I can see what type fitting I have by removing the expansion valve. I was afraid I would need to remove to core to find the difference. That was not going to be what I wanted to do.

TRB on Fri June 21, 2013 2:38 PM User is offlineView users profile

Should not even have to remove the expansion vale.

Take a pic of the exp area and post it. Bet we can figure it out for you.

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fix_it on Fri June 21, 2013 5:36 PM User is offline

I just looked at the car. I will try to upload a few pictures I took with my phone. I definitely have the evaporator with the two separate pipes. There is a slotted plate that is slid over the pipes and bolts to the back of the expansion valve. This is the later type? This expansion valve also looks like the later type. I found pictures of the two. The earlier one does not seem to have the stepped down area. Also the sticker says to use ND-8 PAG oil. What viscosity is that? I will try to make my order in a few minutes. Thanks for all the help.







TRB on Fri June 21, 2013 6:02 PM User is offlineView users profile

I am saying the first one, but would pull the valve to be sure.

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fix_it on Fri June 21, 2013 6:41 PM User is offline

Ok, I removed the expansion valve.


TRB on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 PM User is offlineView users profile

Unless it is a fluke, two Intrepids with evap issues. thanks for supporting us with the order.

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fix_it on Fri June 21, 2013 7:19 PM User is offline

Yes. That was my order. I jumped the gun and ordered before your reply to remove the valve. Kinda scared me a little bit there. It clearly does have the two separate pipes, not a welded on block. Hope I got the right stuff. This site has been very helpful to me and I am glad to be able to offer you something in return.

94RX-7 on Fri June 21, 2013 11:29 PM User is offline

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Originally posted by: fix_it
Also the sticker says to use ND-8 PAG oil. What viscosity is that?

PAG 46 considered equivalent to ND-8.

TRB on Sat June 22, 2013 12:44 AM User is offlineView users profile

Staff came by to make sure you got the correct one before shipping. You should be good.

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fix_it on Sat June 22, 2013 12:13 PM User is offline

Thank you for all your help. I really appreciate it. I will be sure to let you know how it all works out.

fix_it on Sat June 29, 2013 9:56 PM User is offline

I received all the parts I ordered. They were well packed and in good condition. I tackled the project of replacing the evaporator today. It took about 4.5 or 5 hours. Does anyone know the book time for this? I was still not totally sure that the leak was the evaporator until I split the case. I knew there was a leak. I could not find any trace of oil on any of the lines, the compressor, or the condenser. The only thing that pointed to the evaporator was a tiny bit of oil residue in some drain water that I had collected. Sure enough, half or more of the face was covered in oily dirt. I don't know how I did not notice the reduced air flow. I guess it was so gradual that I did not notice. There is much more air flow now. For anyone contemplating doing this, yes the dash board must come out. Overall, it wasn't as bad as it looked.

Just a couple of observations:

1. The o-ring kit I bought did not have enough of the right o-rings. Namely, the little ones for the pipe between the expansion valve and the dryer.

2. The evaporator sits on a styrofoam tray. This acts as a drip pan to help direct the drain water to the drain hole. The leaking refrigerant oil was not kind to the styrofoam, but it was still good enough to reuse. I'm not sure it would be available anywhere except the dealer. I bet I'm not the first one that could have used a new piece.

3. The new evaporator seems to be good quality and fit. It matched the design of the original perfectly.

Thanks for all the help.




Edited: Sun June 30, 2013 at 12:23 AM by fix_it

TRB on Sun June 30, 2013 4:29 PM User is offlineView users profile

Good to hear of the successful repair.

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