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Old 06-01-2009, 09:54 AM
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Hi, I have a 2002 dodge grand caravan 3.8lt v6 with rear a/c. I have had a hissing noise from under the dash for a couple of years now. I replaced the evaporater/drier and expansion valve acouple of years ago because the evaporator started to leak. But, I had that noise before I replaced everything. My a/c is still charged and does cool, but I still have that hissing noise on and off and only when the a/c is on. Any body know what is causing it and how to fix it?
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:50 PM
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Same here on my 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. I replaced the evaporator, had a shop fill the system, I have the hissing sound, but I also have hot air. Please keep us posted on what fixes it.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:50 AM
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A vacuum hose might be cracked or disconnected causing the hissing sound.This will also cause hot air to blow or the vents might not change .
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:29 AM
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I've got an 05 Grand Caravan with separate climate controls. I've got the hissing and warm/hot air coming from only the driver side. Passenger side and rear is cold.

Anybody figured out the fix?

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Old 07-01-2009, 11:09 PM
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A/c hissing generally means the refrigerant level is low. Try adding a little freon.
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I have a 2002 dodge grand caravan, does any one know if the procedure to replace the evaporator is similar to the 2000. I have a leak in my evaporator and need to have it changed out.

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Old 07-31-2010, 09:12 PM
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SUBJECT:
Evaporator Hiss Sound
OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves installing an evaporator inlet flow straightener and a rubber
evaporator insert between the evaporator tubes if necessary.
MODELS:
2002 - 2003 (RS) Town & Country/Caravan/Voyager
NOTE: THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL
SINGLE ZONE HVAC (SALES CODE HAA) BUILT MARCH 25, 2002 (MDH 0325XX)
THROUGH AND INCLUDING FEBRUARY 26, 2003 (MDH 0226XX) OR MANUAL
DUAL ZONE HVAC (SALES CODE HAD) BUILT JULY 22, 2002 (MDH 0722XX)
THROUGH AND INCLUDING FEBRUARY 26, 2003 (MDH 0226XX).
SYMPTOM/CONDITION:
Some customers may experience a "hiss" sound, that originates from the Heating,
Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit. This may be most noticeable when
operating between 18 C - 27 C (65 F - 80 F).
DIAGNOSIS:
Operate the vehicle in a moderate ambient temperature, 18 C - 27 C (65 F - 80 F).
Run the HVAC system in recirculation, panel mode, A/C off, full heat, high blower for
1 to 2 minutes to heat the evaporator. Switch the HVAC system to outside air, panel
mode, A/C on, full cool, low blower, and maintain a steady engine speed of approximately
2000 rpm. Listen for a "hiss" that will occur when the A/C clutch cycles on.
NOTE: PERFORM THIS PROCEDURE AFTER EACH REPAIR TO THE HVAC
SYSTEM, TO VERIFY THE “HISS” IS NO LONGER PRESENT.
PARTS REQUIRED:
Qty. Part No. Description
AR (1) 04885713AA Flow Straightener, Evaporator Inlet
AR (1) 05061454AA Rubber Evaporator Insert
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Qty. Part No. Description
AR (1) 05019220AD Seal Kit, A/C and Heater Unit
AR (2.69
lbs., 43
oz.)
Refrigerant R134A
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:
NPN Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Station - Models Available
through Pentastar Service Equipment
REPAIR PROCEDURE:
1. Perform the A/C Performance Test and the Refrigerant System Charge Level Test.
Refer to the service information available in the TechCONNECT/MDS2 or the
appropriate service manual, Section 24, Diagnosis and Testing, to determine if
the vehicle has the proper refrigerant charge level. If the charge level is incorrect
repair any leaks which may have caused the HVAC system to lose refrigerant charge
and add/recharge as necessary to attain the proper charge level.
2. Perform the Diagnosis procedure. If the "hiss" sound is no longer present, no further
action is necessary. Return the vehicle to the customer. In many cases low refrigerant is
the cause of this sound. If the “hiss” sound is still present, proceed to the next step.
NOTE: VEHICLES BUILT ON OR BEFORE MARCH 24, 2002 (MDH 0324XX) OR, ON
OR AFTER JULY 22, 2002 (MDH 0722XX) ALREADY HAVE EVAPORATOR INLET
FLOW STRAIGHTENERS. FOR THESE VEHICLES PROCEED TO STEP 5.
3. If the vehicle has a manual single zone HVAC unit built on March 25, 2002 (MDH
0325XX) through and including July 22, 2002 (MDH 0722XX), an evaporator inlet flow
straightener will need to be installed in the evaporator inlet. Remove the expansion
valve. Refer to the service information available in the TechCONNECT/MDS2 or the
appropriate service manual, Section 24, Heating & Air Conditioning/Plumbing Front,
Expansion Valve, Removal, to gain access to the evaporator inlet. Install the evaporator
inlet flow straightener (P/N 04885713AA) (Fig. 1). Install the expansion valve.
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Fig. 1 FLOW STRAIGHTENER INSTALLED
1 - EVAPORATOR INLET
2 - EVAPORATOR OUTLET
3 - FLOW STRAIGHTENER
4. Perform the Diagnosis procedure. If the "hiss" sound is no longer present,
no further action is necessary. Return the vehicle to the customer. If the
“hiss” sound is still present, proceed to the next step.
5. If the vehicle has a manual single zone HVAC unit built March 25, 2002 (MDH 0325XX)
through and including February 26, 2003 (MDH 0226XX) or a manual dual zone HVAC
unit built on or after July 22, 2002 (MDH 0722XX) through and including February 26,
2003 (MDH 0226XX) , a rubber insert that fits between the evaporator tubes needs
to be installed. Remove the HVAC unit housing. Refer to the service information
available in the TechCONNECT/MDS2 or the appropriate service manual, Section 24,
Heating & Air Conditioning/Distribution - Front, HVAC Housing, Removal.
Gain access to the evaporator inlet tubes within the HVAC housing as follows:
6. Remove the heater core tubes from the heater core. Refer to the service information
available in the TechCONNECT/MDS2 or the appropriate service manual, Section 24,
Heating & Air Conditioning/Plumbing - Front/Heater Core - Removal - Heater Core Tubes.
7. Remove and discard the foam seal from the HVAC housing seal flange
around the fresh air inlet opening and the expansion valve/evaporator tube
opening on the dash panel side of the unit.
8. Remove the expansion valve from the evaporator inlet and outlet tube fittings.
Refer to the service information available in the TechCONNECT/MDS2 or the
appropriate service manual, Section 24, Heating & Air Conditioning/Plumbing
- Front/Expansion Valve - Removal
9. Disconnect the HVAC wire harness connector for the blower motor from the motor
connector receptacle on the bottom of the outboard end of the evaporator housing.
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10. Disengage the HVAC wire harness from the routing clips molded into the
outside of the HVAC housing components.
11. Remove the three screws from the dash panel side of the unit that secure the top of
the distribution housing to the inboard end of the evaporator housing (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2 HVAC HOUSING
1 - DISTRIBUTION HOUSING
2 - SCREWS (3)
3 - HVAC WIRING HARNESS
4 - ROUTING CLIP
5 - EVAPORATOR HOUSING
12. Pull the top of the distribution housing away from the evaporator housing far enough
to disengage the two hook formations on the bottom of the distribution housing
from the two receptacles on the evaporator housing (Fig. 3).
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Fig. 3 UPPER INTAKE AIR HOUSING - (TYPICAL)
1 - EVAPORATOR HOUSING
2- UPPER INTAKE AIR HOUSING
3 - RECIRCULATION AIR DOOR
4 - BLOWER WHEEL
13. Remove the screw and washer from the upper pivot of the recirculation door.
14. Remove the two screws that secure the upper half of the recirculation
air door to the lower half of the door.
15. Remove the upper half of the recirculation air door from the lower half of the door (Fig. 4).
Fig. 4 RECIRCULATION AIR DOOR - (TYPICAL)
1 - EVAPORATOR HOUSING
2 - UPPER RECIRCULATION AIR DOOR
3 - LOWER INTAKE AIR HOUSING
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16. Remove the twelve screws around the perimeter of the evaporator housing
that secure the upper housing half to the lower half.
17. Carefully separate and remove the upper half of the evaporator housing from
the lower half. Be certain not to loose the rubber grommet for the HVAC wire
harness evaporator temperature sensor take out. This grommet is located on
the inboard side of the flange around the expansion valve/evaporator tube
opening on the dash panel side of the unit, where it is captured in a notched
area between the upper and lower housing halves (Fig. 5).
Fig. 5 EVAPORATOR HOUSING - (TYPICAL)
1 - LOWER EVAPORATOR HOUSING
2 - UPPER EVAPORATOR HOUSING
3 - BLOWER WHEEL
4 - EVAPORATOR
18. With the evaporator assembly removed from the evaporator housing, install
the rubber evaporator tube insert (p/n 05061454AA) between the evaporator
inlet and outlet tubes as shown (Fig. 5).
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Fig. 6 RUBBER EVAPORATOR INSERT PLACEMENT
1 - EVAPORATOR
2 - EVAPORATOR OUTLET TUBE
3 - EXPANSION VALVE
4 - EVAPORATOR INLET TUBE
5 - RUBBER EVAPORATOR INSERT
Assemble the HVAC housing as follows:
19. Position the upper half of the evaporator housing onto the lower half. Be certain that the
rubber grommet and the HVAC wire harness take out for the evaporator temperature
sensor are captured in the notched area between the upper and lower housing halves.
20. Install and tighten the twelve screws around the perimeter of the evaporator housing that
secure the upper housing half to the lower half. Tighten the screws to 2 Nm (18 in. lbs.).
21. Position the upper half of the recirculation air door onto the lower half of the door.
22. Install and tighten the two screws that secure the upper half of the recirculation air
door to the lower half of the door. Tighten the screws to 2 Nm (18 in. lbs.).
23. Position the upper intake air housing onto the top of the evaporator housing over the
recirculation air door and the blower wheel housing. Be certain that the upper pivot of the
recirculation air door is captured in the pivot receptacle of the upper intake air housing.
24. Install and tighten the three screws that secure the upper intake air housing
to the top of the outboard end of the evaporator housing. Be certain not
to miss the screw located just inside the inboard side of the fresh air intake
opening. Tighten the screws to 2 Nm (18 in. lbs.).
25. Install and tighten the two screws that secure the upper intake air housing to the
lower intake air housing. Tighten the screws to 2 Nm (18 in. lbs.).
26. Engage the two hook formations on the bottom of the distribution housing
in the two receptacles on the evaporator housing.
27. Roll the top of the distribution housing up into position against the evaporator housing.
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28. Install and tighten the three screws from the dash panel side of the unit that
secure the top of the distribution housing to the inboard end of the evaporator
housing. Tighten the screws to 2 Nm (18 in. lbs.).
29. Engage the HVAC wire harness in the routing clips molded into the
outside of the HVAC housing components.
30. Connect the HVAC wire harness connector for the blower motor with the motor
connector receptacle on the bottom of the outboard end of the evaporator housing.
31. Install the expansion valve onto the evaporator inlet and outlet tube fittings.
32. Install a new foam seal from the A/C Heater unit seal kit (p/n 05019220AD) onto
the HVAC housing seal flange around the fresh air inlet opening and the expansion
valve/evaporator tube opening on the dash panel side of the unit.
33. Install the heater core tubes into the heater core.
34. Install the HVAC unit housing into the vehicle.
35. Run the HVAC Control Actuator Calibration procedure. Refer to the service information
available in the TechCONNECT/MDS2 or the appropriate service manual, Section
24 - Heating & Air Conditioning - Diagnosis And Testing.
36. Perform the Diagnosis procedure to insure the “hiss” sound is no longer present.
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