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Old 03-13-2014, 18:22   #1 (permalink)
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Question Anybody replaced AC condenser on 2005 VIC? book shows older body style

Just looking for some instructions or ideas/pitfalls

2005 CVPI

I have to replace the condenser and it looks fairly simple,

a couple of bolts, disconnect the Freon lines( system is already empty),

Tip radiator back a bit, and lift out condenser...

Is that right? (Local shop gonna vac and charge for $40 when I am ready)

Looks like a trans cooler is in between the radiator and the condenser..

Any help would be great.. as I am working a 48hr shift starting tomorrow at the firehouse and will have some free time to get it done if the folks aren't calling 911

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Old 03-14-2014, 14:42   #2 (permalink)
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Well it took some figurin' but I figured it our..

once you know ac system is empty, disconnect the 2 ac lines...( mine was already empty from the hole poked in the condenser), 2 nuts holding cond, to radiator, 2 holding fan shroud to radiator move expansion tank out of way, on each side of radiator there are 2 rubber blocks with a hold down curved plate over them 1 bolt each side.. ...

lean radiator back a little then lean condenser back a little and it lifted right out the top... I cleaned all the dirt out of radiator and trans cooler fins while I had it apart...

didn't need to transfer all the brackets over to new one as it already came with them. just reverse the order to put new one in...

I sure hope it holds a vac now so I can recharge system
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Be sure to replace the drier too.
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both the All-Data manual and my AC guy ( one of my Advance customers) both say accumulator is only needed if you had a compressor failure and there is possible metal bits in the system....

condenser was only damaged about a week ago by the previous owner when he went to remove the siren speaker brackets.. he poked a tiny hole in it... so the system has not been open to the air for long.


money just too tight right now to spend the extra $$$
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I'm an AC tech for Trane, I'd recommend at least the cheap one from Rock Auto, it's only 13 bucks before S&H. 134A oil is very hygroscopic and will suck in any moisture available, even if the hole is small and open a very short period of time.
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won't drawing a vacuum on it and holding vac in the gauges to test for leaks remove the moisture and you fill right into the gauge hoses without opening system to the air again ????
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You remove the moisture, but it tends to lower the pH of the oil and causes oxidation.
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I can get a "factory air" brand at work for 38 bucks a lot cheaper than a new compressor if something messes up if I don't change it.... guess I will do it
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I really think it's the wisest move. We change our filter-driers any time we open a system.
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