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post #1 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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2005 Evaporator gone bad $1400 bill?

Hi and thanks in advance. My parents just took their 2005 unlimited to the stealership and was told that the evaporator was bad and that its a $1400 bill. 8 hours of labor. So my question is is this a common problem? If it is, is there a better after market part so that this does not happen again in 5 years? Thanks!


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post #2 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 11:21 AM
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I had to replace mine, although a local shop did it for about $700 and replaced the heater core while they were in there. The dashboard has to be removed to access it, hence the big labor bill. My problem was debris got it through the cowl vents and caused corrosion. So don't park under the trees!
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That sounds high. I'm sure with the dash removal, the time on the job is higher...but $1400 is steep, in my opinion. I'd like to see the breakdown of their estimates, and see how much they're marking up for the part, and how much they charge for labor.

If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing.

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Hi and thanks in advance. My parents just took their 2005 unlimited to the stealership and was told that the evaporator was bad and that its a $1400 bill. 8 hours of labor. So my question is is this a common problem? It if is is there a better after market part so that this does not happen again in 5 years? Thanks!
It's not a common problem and $1400 is NUTZ! Even with the labor of removing the dash,which is a pain.$80 an hour and 8 hours total max.The part isn't that high.To me $800 would be over charging.That's why I try to do everything myself.Nothing you can do about the charges if you can't do it yourself.STEALERSHIP's are called that for a reason.High overhead to pay for.I'd like to know the symtoms that led to the conclusion by the Stealership.Jeep stuff is usually simple and dealers rip everyone off.
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Boogieman makes a good point. What's wrong with the Jeep, symptom-wise?

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Consider doing it yourself...

I installed a complete A/C system in my 1999 SE from Jeep air conditioning components and complete A/C kits for all Jeeps

It isn't too difficult!

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Thanks guys. My parents are not letting them fix it. They wanted to find out where it was leaking from. A friend of ours can do the work for a whole lot cheaper. He just could not find the leak because my parents would not take the Jeep back to him fast enough for him to see the dye he put in. So he said go have someone diagnose it and he will fix it. Out of curiosity I called a local A/C place and they gave a quote over the phone of $765. Much better! I still would like to know though if this is going to be an ongoing problem for them? We live in Florida so being without A/C is not an option. They are older and retired so not many miles get put on but still its over 100 degrees with the heat index and very very humid.
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Boogieman makes a good point. What's wrong with the Jeep, symptom-wise?
Leaks freon completely within 3 to 4 days.
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Leaks freon completely within 3 to 4 days.
Thats a pretty good leak. First thing they need to do is take it in and find out where it's leaking from. If it's the evaporator, then it will be an expensive fix as the dash has to come out. If it's not it can probably be fixed relatively cheap. If they can afford it, have the system evacuated and charged correctly. Since your in Florida it's especially important. Up where im from, not so much.

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If there's UV dye in it, you could try and find it with a blacklight. I'd see about renting a leak detector, personally. Hell, you could probably buy one for less than the repair price...

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Not to uncommon a problem for the jeeps with air the evaps do not drain water well and then you get a bit of trash / road debris and they corrode and start leaking. It is not a hard job just a tedious one and plus you need the equipment to vacuum out the system and recharge. If by chance it corroded from the inside out which can happen since the oil used in r134a sysytem cannot tolerate any moisture then you have more issues to contend with I would at least replace the receiver/drier ,and pull a deep vacuum for an extended period of time to remove internal moisture, just for insurance.
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At the time I did mine it was 10 years old, and the mechanic could not find the leak even with the UV dye because of the location of the evaporator, so he figured that was where the problem was...and that is where it was. It is an honest shop, my employer had been doing business with them for years.
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Not to uncommon a problem for the jeeps with air the evaps do not drain water well and then you get a bit of trash / road debris and they corrode and start leaking. It is not a hard job just a tedious one and plus you need the equipment to vacuum out the system and recharge. If by chance it corroded from the inside out which can happen since the oil used in r134a sysytem cannot tolerate any moisture then you have more issues to contend with I would at least replace the receiver/drier ,and pull a deep vacuum for an extended period of time to remove internal moisture, just for insurance.
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An entire system - ALL of it, every part and wire, costs under $1000.
Dealerships should be avoided unless its warranty.

If you just cannot work on it yourself - at least find a fellow jeeper with tools (an unemployed one would be good!) and pay him to work on it for you. Don't feed the stealership machine...


Many years ago a dealer quoted me $1300 to repair my transmission.
With only a couple hours searching I found a used one from a wreck with only 20k miles on it for $400 locally, and a brand new one for $750 shipped to my house!
I went used, installed it myself, and with the savings bought an AC kit.
Then - I sold my old trans to a guy who repaired it himself with $200 worth of parts...
There is always a way to git er done.


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Is this the same jeep from the thread on BITOG?

Anyway the job calls for like 5.3 hrs and any shop is going to bump that up to atleast 6 hrs.

The whole job with a new aftermarket evap, dryer and recharge would be $1000 if I did it where I work.

I get 250 ish for the evap. I'm sure the dealer one will be near 500.
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