The A/C in our 96 Grand Caravan died (again), and the diagnosis is that the
evaporator is leaking. The estimate for this job comes to just shy of
$1000.00. This being the latest in a long line of failures over the last
3-4 years, we're probably just going to live with it until we can replace
the vehicle or something really major goes..
Is this a reasonable estimate for this job? From the shop manual, it looks
like the whole dash as to some apart as well as a number of things in the
engine compartment before you can get the air handler assembly out, so I
tend to believe it. Any tricks to doing this cheaper?
The leaky evaporator is a well known problem in those years
I just had to go through this myself as well. It's a _lot_ of work...
It's worth asking around to see if your shop is willing, given the number
of hours, to give you a break.
If you go for it, take a look at the coil assembly after they remove it.
And then you'll understand how Daimler Benz bought up Chrysler for cents
on the dollar...
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
I'm pretty sure at this point that we're just going to run the thing into
the ground and live with the broken ac. We're in the northeast and summer
doesn't last that long anyway. If this was Texas (where we lived when we
bought the car) then I wouldn't have much choice.
The vehicle has had good care and maintenance over the years and so far
everything that's broken has been fixed, but I've just had it.
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