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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
89,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace heater core & clean out entire vent system (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 012011

Ram 2500 SLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


2001 Dodge Ram trucks did not come with any kind of exterior air filter for the a/c-heater system. As a result of this deficiency, over time, twigs, leaves and pine needles will eventually find there way into the a/c and heater core where they will rot. This rotting of organic material will not only cause a nauseating moldy smell but contribute to early failure of the a/c and heater core.

To add further frustration to this problem, you must evacuate your a/c system and partially drain the radiator prior to dismantel the entire interior dash to reach the core housing unit in order to replace the heater and a/c core. This is not a simple repair nor a quick one.

Clearly, Dodge is aware of this problem because they have since added exterior air intake filters to newer trucks. Also, a service manager at my local dealership stated this is a common problem and they advise owners to spray Lysol into the air intake while running the fan on high to kill the mold if the core is not leaking.

- , Kirkland, WA, USA

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