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'04 Stratus: Fan doesn't work on 1-3 (4 blows fine), and AC blows hot.

My daughter has a 2004 Dodge Stratus 4-cylinder automatic. I believe its a DOHC, but I'd have to pop the hood to be certain.

The heater/AC fan does not work at all on 1, 2, or 3, but blows hard on 4. Also, the AC blows hot air. I would like to do as much as I can by myself. Can anyone give me suggestions for what to check and test first before I pay a mechanic upwards of a grand for it. I'm a novice but I'm also a /broke/ novice who is willing and able to learn

Thanks and namaste to all. I will answer any questions for clarity to the best of my ability

~Suzanne


Hi Suzanne, You posted enough

Hi Suzanne,

You posted enough vehicle information and good description of the problem.

The issue has to do with a defective "Blower Motor Resistor Module".

First thing to do is to watch the video in the link below and post back the results.

Posting back the results is critical, because I have more information for you, but the FIRST I want you to do is what is in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Ujsrb9TcQ

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!!!

Thanks. I'll post back as

Thanks. I'll post back as soon as I've had a chance to do the work--probably at least a few days given my schedule. Is it possible that fixing the blower resistor will also help the AC, or is that a different subject?

Longing for my 76 Impala,
Suzanne

Hi Suzanne, There is a

Hi Suzanne,

There is a possibility that replacing the resistor could help the A/C issue. Then again the A/C issue could be a separate problem. That's why I want you to post back the results after you replace the resistor. I'm taking it slow and easy with you and tackling your issue one step at a time, because you said you are a novice who is willing to learn.

Do you have any friends, relatives, or co-worker's who have auto mechanic experience, who know how to check the A/C system with a "Manifold Gauge Set", to RULE OUT (or rule in) a "Refridgent Leak"?

You should also check for any blown fuses.

Since you’re a novice who’s willing to learn, it would be in your own best interest to get a couple of repair manuals for your car.

"Haynes” and “Chiltons” are publishers of repair manuals for your car.

They are not expensive and you can buy them at Auto Zone stores.

I encourage you to buy both manuals and start reading them over.

BTW:

I had a 69 Impala 327 :-) :-).

Thinking of building another one.

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!!!

I'm planning to pick up a

I'm planning to pick up a Chilton's guide.I probably won't start on it until next week, just given the holy mess my schedule is this week. I'll let you know how it went.

And to answer an earlier question...no, I don't know anyone who is mechanically inclined. ;)

Very well then Suzanne. Just

Very well then Suzanne. Just keep me updated. Below are a couple of helpful video's about the A/C system in your car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w17DpGCcRj8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95RdGLFIbL8

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!!!

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