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Q: Could 2006 AC/heater tube recall cause later rear AC evaporator failure? on 2005 Chrysler Town & Country

Late 2006, our 2005 T&C minivan was subject to a recall for underbody rear AC and heater tube corrosion. The underbody rear AC and heater tubes were replaced under the recall.

As early as summer 2010, the AC system was not working very well. Based on advice from the dealer, I dealt with the issue spring 2011. Dye testing revealed that the rear AC evaporator was leaking. Could there be a connection between the recall and subsequent rear AC evaporator corrosion or failure? Has anyone else had the same experience?

Thank you in advance for your replies.
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Looks like the corrosion from the report I just read was referring to coolant lines. But i'm not first hand familiar enough to make a good comment on that.

A rear evaporator core leak can be corrosion related, sure. However, it does not appear to be part of any special repair program, and I suspect the repair charges will be left to you. You can always plead your case to your Chrysler dealer for assistance.
Thanks, DaveJHM, for your reply. I already talked with the Chrysler dealer and even had him ask Chrysler. I was told that available information does not support the idea. That's why I asked here. Corrosion can be promoted, for instance, by dissimilar metals in contact, so it is not out of the realm of possibility that the replacement itself--whether the parts or manner of replacement--could have caused or contributed to the problem. I do not have any idea how likely this is, but if minivans repaired under this recall show a greater frequency of rear AC evaporator corrosion, then a connection cannot be immediately ruled out.
In chemistry - I would agree - corrosion can be promoted by dissimilar metals in contact. It can be promoted by a heavily corroded component contaminating nearby ones.

The point of concern is - even if a correlation can be drawn, it does not suggest or guarantee that anyone other than yourself will be financially responsible. That's the unfortunate side.
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