Dodge Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
The problem you describe sounds like an evaporator that is freezing up. Do you notice a large puddle of clear water (lager than normal) after you shut the car off?
Also does the blower fan stop working or can you hear it working and not air is coming out of the vents?
Ok, trying to see whether or not the airflow stopped because of a clogged evaporator or a blower motor that is not operating.
Does the blower motor stop working in any other settings and temperatures (heat, defrost, etc.)?
I can check, I would have to run out to the car to double check though it will take a minute, but where I am in the Bahamas and it is soo hot :-) the only thing I have been using is the a/c and the first time it started happening was this weekend so haven't used the heater or defrost.
I did notice though that sometimes when it is on full blast it will not stop blowing completely all the time - sometimes it will blow just a little bit almost like it is on the lower setting and when it does that it does make a funny noise, also when it does that if I do change it to the lower setting then at no air comes out of the vents.
I hate to send you back and forth outside to the car. You must have missed my last reply. I need to know if it blows at any speed regardless of what setting it is on. You can just put it on vent or heat, doesn't matter what temperature, and try and listen for each speed. The blower motor is located on the lower part of the passenger side of the dash below the glovebox.
Pay attention to the sound as well. See if it sounds like a growling noise or maybe even a basecal card in bicycle spokes.
Ok, these cars have a history of getting leaves and debris stuck in them to where the motor can not turn and the card in spoke sound is the debris stuck in the box around the blower motor. The fix will be to remove the blower motor and get the debris out. The long term fix is to install a screen that will keep it from happening again. Your vehicle may be under warranty still, so the long term repair would be covered. For now you could remove the blower motor and clear out the debris to see if that fixes your problem. I will paste the service bulletin and directions below:
Noisy Blower Motor Due To Debris Ingestion
This bulletin involves installing a screen to the recirculation door.
2007 (PM) Caliber
2007 (MK49) Compass
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built prior to September 6, 2006 (MDH
0906XX) without sales code JMA.
The vehicle operator may notice an objectionable sound from the glove box area when
blower motor is on.
Operate the blower motor at a medium speed with windows closed. If the objectionable
sound can be detected perform Repair Procedure.
Qty. Part No. Description
(1) 68027846AA Screen, Recirculation Door - Right Hand
(1) 68027841AA Screen, Recirculation Door - Left Hand Drive
AR 05019057AA Sticky Back Open Cell Foam Tape
1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
2. If equipped, remove the silencer from below the passenger side of the instrument
GROUP: Heating & A/C
DATE: November 11, 2006
NOTE: The blower motor is located on the bottom of the passenger side of the
HVAC housing. The blower motor can be removed from the vehicle without
having to remove the HVAC housing.
3. From underneath the instrument panel, disengage the connector lock and disconnect
the instrument panel wire harness connector from the blower motor (2).
4. Remove the three screws that secure the blower motor and the wire lead bracket (if
equipped) to the bottom of the HVAC housing and remove the blower motor (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1 BLOWER MOTOR
1 - Wire Harness Connector
2 - Blower Motor
3 - Mounting Screws
4 - Wire Lead Bracket
5 - HVAC Housing
NOTE: LHD model shown. RHD model similar.
5. Clean any debris out of the blower motor. It may be necessary to use shop air to blow
it out of the blower motor.
6. Install the blower motor by positioning the blower motor onto the bottom of the HVAC
7. Install the three screws that secure the blower motor and the wire lead bracket (if
equipped) to the HVAC housing. Tighten the screws to 1.2 N·m (10 in. lbs.).
8. Connect the instrument panel wire harness connector to the blower motor and engage
the connector lock.
9. If equipped, install the silencer below the passenger side of the instrument panel.
10. Open the glove box and carefully use fingers to press inward on the glove box open
stops at the top of the bin, to allow the glove box to rotate down toward the carpet.
11. Rotate the box down and release the door hinges at the bottom and remove the glove
12. Disengage the two retaining tabs that secure the particulate air filter cover to the
passenger side of the HVAC housing and remove the cover (Fig. 2).
NOTE: There will not be a particulate air filter installed on the vehicle.
NOTE: LHD model shown in illustrations. RHD model similar.
Fig. 2 Particulate Air Filter Cover-R And I
1 - Retaining Tabs
2 - Air Filter Cover
3 - HVAC housing
13. Is the vehicle a Caliber (PM)?
a. YES - Refer to Step #17
b. No - Refer to Step #14
14. Install a recirculation door screen (p/n 68027846AA or 68027841AA) onto the
recirculation door opening. Engage screen into all four mount holes (Fig. 3).
Fig. 3 RECIRCULATION SCREEN LOCATION
1 - Compass and Caliber Mount Locations
2 - Compass Mount Locations
15. Position the particulate air filter cover to the HVAC housing and engage the two
retaining tabs that secure the cover to the housing. Make sure the retaining tabs are
fully engaged (Fig. 2).
16. Install the glove box. Repair Complete.
17. Cut the top two tabs off of the recirculation door screen (Fig. 4).
Fig. 4 RECIRCULATION SCREEN
1 -Top Mount Tabs
2 - Foam Tape Location
3 -Bottom Mount Tabs
18. Install a piece of foam tape (p/n 05019057AA) to the recirculation door screen all along
the top header (Fig. 4).
19. Slide the recirculation door screen (p/n 68027846AA or 68027841AA) above the
particulate air filter cover opening and onto the recirculation door opening. Engage
screen into two bottom mount holes only (Fig. 3) and (Fig. 4).
20. Position the particulate air filter cover to the HVAC housing and engage the two
21. Install the glove box.
Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.
Labor Operation No: Description Amount
24-65-31-95 Clean Blower Motor and Install
Recirculation Door Screen (B)
24-65-31-96 Clean Blower Motor and Modify
and Install Recirculation Door
ZZ Service Action