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Dodge Truck A/C Blend Door
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VICTORIA, TEXAS -- I have an eighteen month old 2006 Dodge 3500. The A/c quit blowing out the appropriate vent and Dodge told me I have to have the "blend" door replaced. It has come apart. The bill is going to be over $ 500.00 to change out the $ 30.00 door.

This appears to be a "known" problem and Dodge informed me they are not going to do anything about it.

     
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Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Sounds like trouble - are you sure it's not the evaporator? We've had some reports of issues with those.
Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Wait a sec… Your truck is still under factory warranty, right? Did the dealership or corporate refuses warranty service? Did they tell you why?
Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Sounds like a vaccuum problem. Make them fix it if it's under warranty. If not you can get it fixed for cheaper than that, I would think. Keep us posted.
Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
I would suspect the vehicle is out of warranty by mileage otherwise this would be a covered componet. Yup, it's a $30.00 part and a BioTch to install, they entire dash has to be practically removed in order to get to it. Trust me, $500.00 to replace the door is worth it. Good Luck
Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Dealer, do you agree that it is a vaccuum problem, though? Just curious.
steve101 on 2007-10-10:
How about 800.00 to replace a 32 dollar blower motor! You are paying for labor. I did it myself, having to take the dash apart, it took me 6 hours and two days to recover from being bent like a pretzel upside down! And trust me, you cannot get all the pieces back together perfectly.
Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Yeah, that doesn't sound like vaccuum problem to me.
WhineX on 2007-10-10:
I remember reading about the blend doors breaking on Chrysler products more than 12 years ago. Apparently, the design or supplier quality is still an issue. Wonder if they've solved that nasty problem of head gaskets blowing on the 4 cylinder engines?
Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
ZZ: doubtful, if memory serves me correct the blend door is controlled electronically. either way it really does not matter as the problem isn't so much the part but the idea of having to take everything else apart to access the S.O.B.
RoadKingRider on 2007-12-24:
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 with the Hemi. I also have a problem with the blend door not working properly. About 4-6 months after the warranty ran out, I had no floor heat. I live in Minnesota and try that when it's 20 below outside. After a day of ice-fishing or snowmobiling. My feet don't warm until I get home. In fact, my floor mats stay frozen stiff pretty much all winter. I have a friend that owns the exact truck. The same thing happened to him only his was still under warranty. Upon questioning the dealership about fixing the same problem they just fixed on my friends truck, on mine, only without the benefit of a warranty, they told me it would cost me $1800. Needless to say, I have had no floor heat for 2 years now. Among the other problems with my truck.....I will never buy another dodge again. (btw...our '99 Dodge Intrepid has the same problem. No defrost or floor. Just dash vents!)
bozz73 on 2008-04-16:
I have a 2003 Dodge caravan on which the blend door brok, so I had no heat. The dealer wanted $1200 - $2000 depending on how tuff it was. Crysler knows they break and the dash needs to be pulled to fix however they have not change the design. My back yard mecnanic was abel to make an access door and take out the blend door and repair with epoxy. Unfortunately it only lasted about a month. I am trying to locate the blend door any help would be appreicated the dealer only will sell the whole assembly. I will never buy a nother Chrysler!!
Mclovin 001 on 2009-12-15:
I have a 2004 Dodge 3500.. I have the same problem. I've also had the following problems:
U-joint bent had to be replaced
A/C went out
4 flats because the dang cheap plastic hub caps spin
leaks water in cab when it rains
And many more problems....

Does anyone know a site where I can get instructions to repair my a/c myself??
No More Dodge Guy on 2010-09-24:
Stupidity is what it's all about! Count me in,I owned a 2002 Ram1500 and put 5 blend doors into it,the first two were on warranty and the last three were on my bill,aprox.1000.00 each.I discovered after the fifth door that my problems were worse than I thought,I had an issue with the antifreeze and the dealer had mixed regular antifreeze with the long life that the truck came with.If you guys know the consequences of that that it should make you squirm. You'd might as well write the truck off as you cannot get the grit out of the cooling system,and you can bet the dealer wouldn't take responsibility for that.I was stupid enough to buy anther Dodge truck,2007 and the first blend door went out at 50,000km and now the second at 99,500km.I was told they had fixed the problem.I know,there's sucker born everyday...........I'm thinking Ford or GM can have the next run at me because the Dodge is gone next week.Good luck to you Dodge guys but I'm done,I've owned Dodges for 35years and I won't have another and it's all over the trucks furnace.I'm from Edmonton Alberta and we get winter here and the furnace is far more important than A/C.
Good luck everybody and have fun with your Dodges.

Pissed From Edmonton,Alberta Canada.
alpat on 2013-09-04:
I have a 99 Ram and had the same problem. This is a common problem with Dodge Rams. There is a blend door motor that controls the blend door as you raise and lower the temp control on your dash, The motor sits right next to the transmission hump on the passenger side. It is a little difficult to get the 1 of the 3 small screws(screw nearest to the tranny hump) out that hold the motor assembly but it can be done if you strip away some of some of the insulation under the carpet in that area. The motor ass'y costs about $130.00. In my case the first time I replaced the assembly it failed because the drain for the AC evaporator was clogged and water built up and got into the motor. After a couple of years that motor quit for unknown reasons and I am on my second one. My e-mail address is apatalano@snet.net if I can be of assistance
leroy newhook on 2014-01-17:
I bought a 1998 dodge 1500 new, things were good for a while, then the heat started to crap out, did several things to try to fix it but to no avail, I recently bought a 2010 3500 ram, beautiful truck, but again after owning it for a year,no heat , I emailed dodge and asked them about what they thought might be going on, but those corporate greedy bastards couldn't care less about the little man, I have a friend that did some digging for me and said it was probably the blend door, which may be accessible by removing the glove box, guess we'll see, nevertheless this will be the last dodge I'll ever buy or own
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Customer Serice at Dodge City
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- My husband and I have only had our Dodge Caravan for over a year. Of all four times I've gone in for oil changes, I have had the worst service. First of all, the time promised is never accurate; I always end up waiting double the time. Second, I have to go back in this week because when my last oil change was done, my breaks were tampered with. I'm sure it was an accident, but what kind of service is this in today's day and age, where I have to wait over 2 hours to find my breaks not working correctly!! This really is disappointing.
     
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Notenufftoyz4u on 2004-08-04:
Never go to the actual dealership for these kind of services. Go to a quickie lube style place or lower yourself to Walmart-there is no difference in the products that are used just the fact that dealerships deal with bigger issues during the day that require special parts-your needs are on the end of the food chain~~~if you wait at a dealership its because you are on the lower end of priority-go to somewhere else.
Sparticus on 2004-08-04:
I prefer my dealerships for any type of work unless you know a good shop. I used a quick oil change place for about a year... and for 2 out of 3 oil changes they never put my oil drain cap back on tight enough and oil leaked all over... I guess it depends on how good your dealership is. I trust mine since they often turn down work I ask them to do, saying it is not necessary, etc. My rule of thumb... I try to stick to dealerships that are out in the country... where they get less business. I find they tend to treat customers better since they need the return business more than a shop that is constantly flowing with new business...
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