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The air conditioner on my 2001 Dodge Stratus works for about 20 minutes. Then, it still blows, but only uncooled air. The light on both the air conditioning switch and inside/outside air selection switch will start to blink. If the car is turned off for about 1 1/2 hours, it will work again, but only for about 20 minutes. Any suggestions?

Open your telephone directory and locate a shop that specializes in automotive AC systems. These places are usually also cooling system specialists (radiator shop) as well.

Take the car to them. They have the necessary equipment and knowledge to properly diagnose and repair your car’s AC system. You and I do not.

Does the owner’s manual say anything about blinking AC lights?

Check the owners manual to see if you can tell what this blinking means. Sounds like a icing evaporator,perhaps from a low charge,a compressor that is not cutting out when it should or maybe the evaporator is not icing but flooding,I don’t know if this is a expansion valve or orfice tube system. Expansion valve systems are more prone to flooding the evaporator.

Yes, it says “it is suspected that something is wrong with the air conditioning” and recommends taking it to the dealer.

I thought these cars diagnoised themselves these days. Well that is what the public thinks. Isn’t that a cold shot,the diagnostics is limited to telling you to tske it to the dealer.