If you come across an air conditioning leak on a 1997-98 Dodge Dakota, Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Wrangler, don't overlook the hose manifold-to-compressor connection or you could be setting yourself up for a comeback, Chrysler said.
Apparently, the bolt that retains the manifold bottoms out in the compressor before adequate torque can be applied to produce a sufficient seal.
Installing a flat washer under the bolt and topping off the refrigerant charge is the simple fix.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].