For all of the prying needed to remove various panels, not a single piece of plastic broke off. I hope that serves as encouragement to anyone needing to do anything similar.
After 100km of driving, I now know that I have a blast furnace for a heater core. The air blows warm very quickly. The passenger side vents are now on par with the heat from the driver's side as well. I thought that may have been the typical blend door issue but not this time.
Your car is newer, but I've found this is not an isolated issue. In January I had my 2012 Chrysler 200 to the dealer because I had no heat coming out of any vents on the passenger side. They told me there was a star case that recommended replacing the heater core, thermostats AND radiator. Further research came up with Star Case S1207000008. I'm not sure what the "star case" means? The repair guy told me to call 800-992-1997 and see if Chrysler would help any with this repair since it is a design flaw with the engine. I did that today and was told that my 'warranty' expired at 36,000. miles. I bought it used and knew then I had no warranty. All I got was a bunch of lip service about how they couldn't do anything because this was not under warranty, oh, and they were sorry. This whole thing has soured me greatly on ever owning another Chrysler. Unfortunately I'm no mechanic so fixing this myself is not an option. I hope you had good success! and no more issues.
Last edited by dew29; 03-16-2017 at 03:21 PM.