First off, happy New Year to everyone! I had the good fortune of a New Years Eve arrival of a new part to play with. It was the dash trim piece and spare climate control unit for a 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty. This piece will be modified so that I can build a housing on top of it for the new touch screen as well as act as the base for the rest of the trim which will also re-route the center air vents.
This spare climate control unit is slightly different than the current one from the Jeep being used as the proof of concept. This new one has a few more vent settings on it. After looking at it a little more I realized that the unit that’s currently in the Jeep has added smarts in its inner circuitry to turn on the AC when the temperature dial moves into the cold area. This spare unit appears to be older and has explicit on/off settings for the AC. So it appears as though they started making the climate control a little smarter as the production years progressed. But all of the connectors are the same, they just have different internal circuitry.