Re: 2012 Cherokee HVAC upgrade
Changing from manual climate controls to automatic can (in theory) be accomplished.
Granted, my information comes from a forum dedicated to another vehicle, but my previous vehicle model had a few owners who successfully completed this mod. Besides the climate controls, the "sunload" sensor had to be added (monitors interior temperature and how it is affected by direct sunlight). Also, there were motors on the blender-door (mixes air heated by the engine cooling system with cabin air) that had to be added. And, a replacement harness for the entire HVAC system to provide for the added electronics.
Does anyone know if these new Jeeps have motorized bender-doors even with the manual controls?
If you are willing to wait a few years to do this, everything you may need could be available from a bone-yard when more of these vehicles are deemed "totaled" after being damaged. You could be a pioneer!
2012 Overland V6
Deep Cherry Red w/Saddle & Black
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