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Old 03-12-2016, 05:34 PM
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A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Hello to all.

Well, noticed the A/C making lots of hissing noising inside the cabin of my MY12 Grand Cherokee. Still blowing cold but I know where this is heading.

So get the trusty torch and shine down under the washer bottle near the bottom of the radiators and sure enough, a nice puddle of green from the condenser is sitting on the lower Engine tray.

So another condenser needed. The first was replaced under warranty (just inside warranty) but this one will no doubt be mine. I'm thinking of getting an aftermarket one put in as I hear the Jeep ones are outrageously expensive and, well, they couldn't be any worse quality than the Jeep ones, could they?

Any thoughts from others? Also has anyone had the same in Perth? Who did you use or did you just get a Dealer to fit an aftermarket one?

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Old 03-13-2016, 01:45 AM
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

I wrote elsewhere about my condenser. Jeep ended up paying(?) for the condenser and I got hit for $575 labour. I was out of warranty too. I could pass on the name of the dude at Jeep if you wanted.

I did get a price from a local air con guy and his quote was $1200.


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Old 03-13-2016, 05:42 PM
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Thanks GMWK2

Not sure Jeep will be very helpful with the funds as ours is at 140,000km.

Will give it a try though.
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:03 PM
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Had our condenser replaced for $800, which I think is a good price; noting they had to work around the bullbar.
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Old 03-15-2016, 04:02 AM
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

$800 is a good price. The problem I have is that after numerous phone calls, there are no aftermarket condensers available till the end of April, Early May, which is too long to wait for A/C, especially now that it is blowing warm air.

So, at the moment, my option is to get the dealer to replace at about $1,600-$1,800 for the faulty OEM units. The last one lasted only 18 months.


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Old 03-18-2016, 12:14 AM
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Bummer, surely there would be non-OEM units in Australia that could be shipped in?
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

You would think so. However the wholesalers here in Perth all say non available in Australia. I'm sure that there must be a couple lurking around somewhere, just can't access them.

The whole thing is very frustrating.


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Old 03-18-2016, 01:58 AM
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Just had an email from a guy in Brisbane. $360 supply plus freight! Gotta be better then a crappy OEM one for a $1,000.


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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

My A/C condenser went at 40,000km and it was replaced under warranty. Dealer (Chullora ) first said a rock must have hit it, however after inspection admitted it is leaking from the side tank area. However the idiots did not re gas it correctly and A/C developed a moaning noise when stopped at the lights. I took it back to Chullora with a recording of the noise however they could not reproduce the noise therefore said nothing wrong with it. Took it to Parramatta jeep, they re- gas it and the moaning noise disappeared after few weeks.
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Well, after many repeated efforts I was unable to source an aftermarket condenser from anywhere. Unfortunately the Brisbane supplier found that they had none in stock. Earliest delivery is end of April / Early May.

So, the Jeep is at the dealers today getting another OEM unit fitted. Will be about $1,600 to $1,700 installed. Ouch.

Just had a call from the dealer saying that the Radiator is also weeping coolant, received photo's on email to confirm. So what to do? The car is currently apart and the radiator is behind the condenser so now is the best time to replace. Plus they have also dropped the coolant already to perform the EGR Hose recall.

So that will be another $1,700. Ouch, Ouch. I hope that is all for a while.
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Have you though about trying some consumer law on them ?
I would expect a Aircon Compressor to last more than 18months and the fact it had already been replaced just demonstrates they are not fit for purpose. I would also expect a radiator to last much longer.
Just because it is out of warranty does not mean they will not get it fixed free.

I have had many items replaced out of warranty. As a consumer you should expect very expensive items to last longer than 3 years.
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Re: A/C Condenser Shot..... Again

Agree with Enforcer. I just had a Microsoft Surface tablet replaced outside of warranty. Purch in 2013. Microsoft rejected the claim until I took a complaint to ACCC. They (MS) were back to me within a couple of days offering a replacement.
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