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post #16 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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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.
ha ha and yes! thanks for answering me twice!

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post #17 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 08:48 PM
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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.
Evap is $99..

Wrangler Evap

I installed the complete system by myself in about 10-12 hours - So it shouldn't take more than 4-5 to pull the dash and change it out.

I had the dash pulled in 60-90 minutes...

MCRN - Download the install docs and consider diving in yourself to replace - Then take it to get it evacuated and charged - Anyone can surely do it over a lazy weekend...

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post #18 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 09:19 PM
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I just looked up a genuine Jeep evap, part no 5073178AA. List price for the part is $435. Listing shows 2002 to 2006 TJ.

This place has it for $304.50
OEM MOPAR AND KIA PARTS AT WHOLESALE DISCOUNT PRICES

I have no financial interest in that company, but I am a very satisfied customer.

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post #19 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 09:27 PM
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I just looked up a genuine Jeep evap, part no 5073178AA. List price for the part is $435. Listing shows 2002 to 2006 TJ.

This place has it for $304.50
OEM MOPAR AND KIA PARTS AT WHOLESALE DISCOUNT PRICES

I have no financial interest in that company, but I am a very satisfied customer.

HTH
Not sure I'd pay 3x for an OEM part... Youch!

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post #20 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 09:32 PM
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Evap buried in dash....evap buried in dash. This is where I loved my Fords....it was out under the hood and easy to get to.

Even finding someone that charges $1.00 an hour labor, this practice is a pain on mechanic or on customer.

Shop labor rate, as the book time vs the actual repair times are close on this one, and messing with the dash, if the tech does not focus on it, here comes dash rattle.

The job is labor intensive, I support the above posts you might come out better in the end providing the part yourself and paying someone to put it in.
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post #21 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 09:39 PM
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I just got done changeing the evaporator in my wife's 4x4. (not a Jeep, but very jeep like) I took it to an A/C shop and asked them to find the leak and they said they couldn't find it. Well I went to PepBoys and bought a $10 leak detection kit. It has an LED black-light flashlight looking thingy. I found the leak in about 10 minutes of looking. Her system had been out of freon since last summer so the dye is there, you just have to look for it.

As for after market stuff, I didn't want to pay the $400 the dealer wanted, so I ordered one locally for $150. It wasn't even close to being the right part, so I was glad I didn't have to pay shipping back. In the end I took one off a wreck at the local pick and pull for $35.
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post #22 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 09:41 PM
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You'd be surprised to see how easy it was to pull a Wrangler dash!

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post #23 of 23 Old 08-04-2010, 10:54 PM
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I just did my evaporator and heater core a week or two ago and it is a PITA, but there is a write up on stu-offroad and in the tj FAQ. I would recommend you replace both if you're doing one. Also IIRC the dealership charges about 330 for the evap and something like 330 for the heater =660+(8hrs labor 100hr)=660+800=1460, so I wouldn't be surprised if a dealer would charge that much. I did mine though because even local places wanted around $600-$700.

I bought my parts from NAPA and they were good prices for both and the heater core fit (some complain about aftermarket heater cores not fitting well)
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