Jeep Cherokee (XJ): Heater core. Liquid line. Low pressure cycling clutch switch

Jeep Cherokee (XJ) 1984 - 2001 Service Manual > Heating and air conditioning > Removal and installation > Heater core. Liquid line. Low pressure cycling clutch switch

Heater core

WARNING: ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AIRBAGS, REFER TO GROUP 8M - PASSIVE RESTRAINT SYSTEMS BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY STEERING WHEEL, STEERING COLUMN, OR INSTRUMENT PANEL COMPONENT DIAGNOSIS OR SERVICE. FAILURE TO TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS COULD RESULT IN ACCIDENTAL AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT AND POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY.

(1) Remove and disassemble the heater-A/C housing.

See Heater-A/C Housing in this group for the procedures.

(2) Lift the heater core out of the lower half of the heater-A/C housing (Fig. 48).

(3) Reverse the removal procedures to install. Be certain that the heater core foam insulator is reinstalled.

Liquid line

Any kinks or sharp bends in the refrigerant plumbing will reduce the capacity of the entire air conditioning system. Kinks and sharp bends reduce the flow of refrigerant in the system. A good rule for the flexible hose refrigerant lines is to keep the radius of all bends at least ten times the diameter of the hose.

In addition, the flexible hose refrigerant lines should be routed so they are at least 80 millimeters (3 inches) from the exhaust manifold.

High pressures are produced in the refrigerant system when the air conditioning compressor is operating.

Extreme care must be exercised to make sure that each of the refrigerant system connections is pressure-tight and leak free. It is a good practice to inspect all flexible hose refrigerant lines at least once a year to make sure they are in good condition and properly routed.

Fig. 48 Heater Core Remove/Install
Fig. 48 Heater Core Remove/Install

1 - HEATER CORE
2 - LOWER HEATER-A/C HOUSING

WARNING: REVIEW THE WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS IN THE FRONT OF THIS GROUP BEFORE PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING OPERATION.

REMOVAL

(1) Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.

(2) Recover the refrigerant from the refrigerant system. See Refrigerant Recovery in this group for the procedures.

(3) Disconnect the liquid line refrigerant line couplers at the evaporator inlet and the condenser outlet (Fig. 49). See Refrigerant Line Coupler in this group for the procedures. Install plugs in, or tape over all of the opened refrigerant line fittings.

(4) Remove the liquid line from the vehicle.

INSTALLATION

(1) Remove the tape or plugs from the refrigerant line fittings on the liquid line, the evaporator inlet and the condenser outlet. Connect the liquid line to the evaporator inlet and condenser outlet refrigerant line couplers. See Refrigerant Line Coupler in this group for the procedures.

(2) Connect the battery negative cable.

Fig. 49 Liquid Line Remove/Install
Fig. 49 Liquid Line Remove/Install

1 - LIQUID LINE WITH ORIFICE TUBE
2 - CLIP
3 - CONDENSER
4 - OUTLET TUBE
5 - STUD
6 - CLIP
7 - CLIP
8 - EVAPORATOR INLET

(3) Evacuate the refrigerant system. See Refrigerant System Evacuate in this group for the procedures.

(4) Charge the refrigerant system. See Refrigerant System Charge in this group for the procedures.

Low pressure cycling clutch switch

REMOVAL

(1) Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.

(2) Unplug the wire harness connector from the low pressure cycling clutch switch on the top of the accumulator (Fig. 50).

(3) Unscrew the low pressure cycling clutch switch from the fitting on the top of the accumulator.

(4) Remove the O-ring seal from the accumulator fitting and discard.

INSTALLATION

(1) Lubricate a new O-ring seal with clean refrigerant oil and install it on the accumulator 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 compressor in the vehicle.

Fig. 50 Low Pressure Cycling Clutch Switch Remove/Install - Typical
Fig. 50 Low Pressure Cycling Clutch Switch Remove/Install - Typical

1 - WIRE HARNESS CONNECTOR
2 - ACCUMULATOR
3 - LOW PRESSURE CYCLING CLUTCH SWITCH

(2) Install and tighten the low pressure cycling clutch switch on the accumulator fitting. The switch should be hand-tightened onto the accumulator fitting.

(3) Plug the wire harness connector into the low pressure cycling clutch switch.

(4) Connect the battery negative cable.

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