I work as an RN. Since my '97 is now my daily driver, going to work with SWAMP ARSE isn't an option - seriously doubt my patients want to have me all sweaty and stinky.
At first... my lovely wife said, you don't need AC. Then on a HOT day she drove the JEEP to work. She's a home health nurse (yes, if you are paying attention... we are a 2 nurse family). She made several stops through the day... Well, she gets home... Says, ORDER IT!
Well the kit arrives. I notice that my schedule hasn't been conducive lately to allowing me the time to do the install the system myself, and it's not going to get better in the next month.
I have a good buddy who runs an auto repair business... said he'd do it for me.
Took my jeep to him today, he's got the dash out and about ready to start putting back together...
But a last minute decision surfaced, since he's got to be in the dash... we decided to replace the heater core. I figured it would be better to do it now than have to pull it out in the winter... Right?
So I am guessing by Thursday or Friday... my Jeep will be back together and cool.
I found it hard to spend $1049.99 on a 17 year old Jeep, but then again... if it were a vintage Mustang or Camaro or ???... I wouldn't hesitate adding AC to that.
I find this modification to be an investment.
1997 TJ (Betty Blue)
And the 4.0L heater core replacement job is normally like 12 hours long. I imagine that it is the same for the 2.5L. Good call. Get it all done now. You will be pleased. Report back to tell us how much better a dry backside is when you get to work.
2003 Shale Green TJ Sport
2013 Black JK Sport S
The terms "PO" and POS" are interchangeable when referring to the guy who used to own my TJ.
well, as with all things I ever head into... things haven't gone exactly smooth....
Though this morning my local NAPA store had the new heater core at the guys door at 0730.... One of the parts in the kit did not line up (evap canister, I believe). The connections are not inline and my buddy can't make final connections. So, I had to call today... JEEPAIR is sending a replacement, but it won't be here for a few days. Kind of bums me out. I mean I am happy that it's all done except for the connection at the canister and charging. It went MUCH faster than he or I expected.
It is going to be sooooooo nice to flip on the AC.
No taking off the Hardtop isn't as much of a requirement as it is for fun.
1997 TJ (Betty Blue)
I have a 1998 4.0. I ordered mine a week ago and got to putting it in today. And also decided to replace my heater core and Radiator. Took three shops to find my heater core. And three for the radiator hoses. Then find out they left out the drain reservoir. Now my Jeep sits till they ship the part. I have to call them in the morning. Or try a local Jeep dealer. Install and directions are very strait forward but require some patience.
Yes they were great to deal with. No complaints about them. They are very nice and apologetic about it. I hear ya. I am driving a 2014 Escalade and still miss the Jeep when it's down. Funny how that is. They are great vehicles. Haha.
I put the whole kit in by myself. And replaced my radiator heater core and radiator hoses. In about a day and a few hours. I would highly recommend taking out your seats and center console. I didn't and hindsight is 20/20. Haha. They recommend taking the power steering resivior out. I didn't and had no problem.
I'm almost 1200 miles from home this week.
My replacement part arrived. The system is installed and charged. According to my buddy.... it works great! :-/
I won't be home until next monday... But when I get there I guess I'll be incredibly happy. In the mean time, I'll keep walking around The Happiest Place on Earth chasing that darn mouse and making my kids happy.
1997 TJ (Betty Blue)
I stand corrected. And misunderstood. jeep air. All I had to do was swap out the switch on the lines on top of the condenser. It took two minutes. Very happy. I will have mine charged tomorrow and report back how it works. I was told again by Jeep Air to make sure all lines click to lock in when pushing them together.
I think this thread kind of applies to my problem...I recently bought a 97 TJ, and it has a straight 6 with a 2004 Sahara 6 speed tranny, but...I live in Cancun and it is hot I mean really hot. The Jeep runs normally around 140 or so which is ok, it used to put out a lot of scalding air on my leg, my mechanic put in a ceramic heat shield, and exhaust tape, so that part is pretty much fixed. The main problem I have is if I use the a/c, the temp quickly goes up to 210 and I shut the air off to let it cool down. The thermostat is new, the radiator is new, the fan works, the coolant level is good. I was wondering if maybe I should put in an oil cooler, or if there is any trick you guys know of to keep it from running SO hot??? Thanks.
Any update on the air conditioning system? How's it working? How's the 4cyl handling it? Been thinking about adding it to mine. Thanks
Well it's been a couple of weeks of driving around with the JEEPAIR kit.
I really love having AC in my jeep.
It has been working well... But today.... I started my Jeep and the most god awful squeal came from under the hood.
I turned off the AC and turned it back on... the noise was gone.
I can definitely tell when the AC is on, when it comes to power/acceleration. the 4cyl is pretty much a joke (by today's standards) when it comes to that.
The 4 cyl is up to the challenge, but it lets you know its on.
It's fine for me, I drive 5 miles to work and 5 miles back home. It's not a race and I don't usually exceed the speed limit anyway.
I will say... today after the noise. I pulled a 16' jon boat into town and back home. AC on... 5 gear and able to keep speed on flat ground (but that's all we have in Central IL).
I'm going to contact JEEPAIR and tell them about the noise.
It sure didn't sound healthy. I want them to know now if there is an issue later.
1997 TJ (Betty Blue)
Funny my 1998'4.0 made that squeal today. When the compressor kicked in with the motor cold. Did the same thing turned it off then back on. It went away. I am going to check the belt tomorrow to see if I have to tighten it. It was 92 here today. So I will look at it tomorrow.