Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.
How to Replace an A/C Condenser
This guide requires the following supplies:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Locate your A/C condenser.
Inspect the condenser for cracks that can lead to leaking.
Recover the refrigerant (Discharge the AC system). This will need to be done with a recovery machine. If the Freon has already leaked out you will not need to do this.
Remove any grilles, supports, lock braces to gain access to the condenser.
Remove the condenser's refrigerant lines. Cap these lines immediately.
Remove the condenser mounting bolts.
Install a new condenser making sure any rubber cushions fit properly on the condenser assembly.
Pour a small amount of compressor oil into the line fittings. Reconnect the A/C lines. Replace all O-rings
Re-install any parts that were removed in order to gain access to the condenser.
Evacuate all remaining refrigerant using a specific AC machine that pulls a vacuum on the system.
Hold the vacuum for 10 minutes to check for leaks.
Recharge the A/C system with the recommended type and amount of refrigerant. Each vehicle takes a different amount of refrigerant which is measured in pounds.
Reconnect the battery cable.
Test A/C system by measuring the temperature coming out of vents inside the vehicle.
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