Dodge Journey: Installation

CAUTION: Be certain to adjust the refrigerant oil level when servicing the A/C refrigerant system. Failure to properly adjust the refrigerant oil level will prevent the A/C system from operating as designed and can cause serious A/C compressor damage.

CAUTION: The A/C receiver/drier must be replaced if an internal failure of the A/C compressor has occurred. Failure to replace the A/C Receiver Drier can cause serious damage to the replacement A/C compressor.

NOTE: If only the A/C receiver/drier is being replaced, add 30 milliliters (1 fluid ounce) of refrigerant oil to the refrigerant system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.

NOTE: When replacing multiple A/C system components, refer to the REFRIGERANT OIL CAPACITIES to determine how much oil should be added to the refrigerant system. NOTE: Replacement of the refrigerant line O-ring seals and gaskets is required anytime a refrigerant line is disconnected. Failure to replace the rubber O-ring seals and metal gaskets could result in a refrigerant system leak.

NOTE: LHD model shown in illustrations. RHD model similar.

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Fig. 235: Receiver/Drier Removal/Installation

NOTE: Illustration shown with front fascia and headlamp removed for clarity.

1. Position the A/C receiver/drier (4) to the right front frame rail (2) and loosely install the lower retaining bolt (5).

2. Install the bolt (3) that secures the upper portion of the A/C suction line (1) to the right front frame rail.

Tighten both bolts securely.

3. Remove the tape or plugs from the opened refrigerant line fittings and the receiver/drier port.

4. Lubricate new O-ring seals with clean refrigerant oil and install them and new gaskets onto the refrigerant line fittings. Use only the specified O-ring seals as they are made of a special material for the R-134a system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.

5. Connect the rear section of the A/C liquid line (7) to the A/C receiver/drier.

6. Install the nut (6) that secures the rear section of the A/C liquid line to the A/C receiver/drier. Tighten the nut to 20 N.m (15 ft. lbs.).

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Fig. 236: Lower to Upper Suction Line

7. Connect the lower portion of the A/C suction line (3) to the upper suction line (1)

8. Install the nut (2) that secures the lower portion of the A/C suction line to the upper suction line. Tighten the nut to 20 N.m (15 ft. lbs.).

9. Reposition the right front wheel house splash shield to the body.

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Fig. 237: Refrigerant Lines to Condenser Tapping Block

10. Lower the vehicle.

11. Remove the tape or plug from the opened refrigerant line fitting and condenser ports.

12. Lubricate a new rubber O-ring seal with clean refrigerant oil and install it and a new gaskets onto the refrigerant line fitting. Use only the specified O-rings as they are made of a special material for the R- 134a system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.

13. Connect the A/C liquid line (4) to the tapping block (2) and install the retaining nut (5). Tighten the nut to 20 N.m (15 ft. lbs.).

14. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

CAUTION: Do NOT run the engine with a vacuum pump in operation or with a vacuum present within the A/C system when equipped with the Denso 6SEU16 variable displacement compressor. Failure to follow this caution will result in serious A/C compressor damage.

15. Evacuate the refrigerant system.

16. If the A/C condenser is being replaced, add 10 milliliters (0.3 fluid ounce) of refrigerant oil to the refrigerant system. When replacing multiple A/C system components, refer to the REFRIGERANT OIL CAPACITIES to determine how much oil should be added to the refrigerant system.  Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.

17. Charge the A/C system.

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