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Old 05-17-2011, 08:08 PM
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I took my 02 into the dealership. Even though up in my last post I said I didn't believe it was a clogged drain, I was wrong. The dealership showed me all the leaves and foam and crud that fell out when they took off the panel. They said the box was full, but they didn't have time to take it apart ( I was in a time crunch).
However, from what I gather from my friend who works with ARI Fleet (google them), the box is supposed to be cleaned out when the heater core is changed. It's just one of those things that are supposed to be done with the job. So, it's apparent that the Dodge dealership didn't do a complete job when they replaced my heater core....

Now, for the funny stuff...
So, I have had to be adding water to my engine for several months now and knew, based on the symptoms described above, it was the heater core. I was going to take it in on Monday. On the Thursday previous, I had to once again add water to it, about 3 gallons as normal. Well, Friday rolled around and I didn't have to add water. I thought maybe someone else did. Then Saturday, no need to add water.... Sunday too....
Unless I'm waaaay wrong, there is no such thing as a leak that repairs itself. Dodge said they put it on a high pressure test and went up to twice the pressure to make it leak. They found no leaks... nothing.. and since last Thursday, I haven't had to add water.........
THAT'S CRAZY - but I'm witness to it....

To answer the above question, it wouldn't hurt to talk to the Dodge dealership and ask them if they can provide the manual for the job. Since to do the job fully will require cleaning out the ACbox, it will require a removal of the dashboard. That's something you dont' want to start w/out a good manual for reference.
Also, as a tip. Take a lot of pictures before you remove anything, as you remove it (video wouldn't hurt) and mark you connectors (bolts, screws, plastic pieces). Nothing worse than things getting jumbled and you forgetting where you are and not having pictures of the "before" look.
This is a very easy thing to do, esp with the proliferation of cell-phone cameras.
Good Luck!
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