Who says you are only supposed to leave it on recycle until it's comfortable? Should be able to leave it on recycle as long as you want. A/C is A/C. Doesn't matter if it's on recycle or fresh air. It's still working the same amount. Just depends on if you want to try to cool hot air from outside, or cold air from inside. The choice is yours. With it set to MAX(recycle) once it reaches really cold, the fan speed should slow down until it starts to warm again.You're only supposed to use the "recycle" until the temp is "comfortable". Once It gets comfy, I turn off recycle and it starts to get warm again. I have to have it on lvl 4 and recycle to keep it somewhat cool. Yes, I do hear the compressor kicking on.
I should be able to once it get to the temp I like to stay there with only minimal/medium fan use, not full bore gale force wind.
I think this may also be why the Caliber's "Chill Zone" doesn't work that properly. How can it keep chilled drinks cooled to 45 degrees if the air isn't 45?
Probably more variable quality with private shops than even with dealers. Also dealers have support of Chrysler back up and knowledge base, and hopefully the right parts.If the car is out of warranty - Is there any reason to go to a dealer? There are a lot of private shops out there than can typically do a good job faster and at a lower cost. Checking, repairing, recharging auto HVAC systems, unfortunately is a common procedure.