The HeaterTreater replaces any of the plastic doors in the Dodge Ram HVAC system with steel. Replacing the existing doors with another plastic door is at best a stop-gap solution. The failure is a result of excessive forces generated by the DC servo motor in the operation of the door.
NOTE: If your RAM is dual control — separate control for passenger and driver’s sides — the HeaterTreater will connect the blend doors together and convert the system from dual control to single control from the driver’s side knob. The back motor that controls the passenger side blend door is only accessible if the plenum box is removed. For a dual control RAM, this is a compromise between repair difficulty/cost and functionality. For the dual control system we have to replace both the top and bottom door and need email notification through the “CONTACT” page to make sure we get the order right. For the single control, the system will operate exactly as it did when new.
The standard Dodge dealer fix for the door failure is to remove the plenum box and replace which ever door is failing. Removal of the box requires removing the dash panel, removing steering wheel and steering column, evacuating and disconnecting the AC compressor, draining and disconnecting the heater hoses. Fixing the door is relatively easy, but the labor(and cost) of getting to the door makes this a time consuming and expensive job.
The Heater Treater avoids the hard work by providing a kit that allows the repair to be done with superior components without having to disassemble the automobile. 1-2 hours work vs 8-14 hours of work, and no specialized mechanical skills or tools required.
The 2002 Ram was a changeover year. If you have an ’02 you should check this listing and the ’95-’02 listing to see which system you have.
Do you have the problem?
The Dodge Ram Pick up Truck has four separate doors that can all fail independently of each other. Due to poor design, the failure of each door is inevitable and we recommend you replace all of them rather than having to do the same fix multiple times. Heater Treater offers special discounts for purchasing more than one repair kit at a time.
The following videos take you through the process of diagnosing which doors are broken and how to fix them. Once you have the Heater Treater system, repairing the doors takes less than an hour and can be done by anyone regardless of mechanical experience.
Choosing Your Solution
To purchase, select how many doors and of which type you need above. You can also read a more detailed description (opens new window) to determine which doors you need.