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How-to » Body & Interior » Interior, Heating & A/C » How to Replace an A/C Condenser
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Replace an A/C Condenser

PARTS
  • A/C Condenser
TOOLS
  • A/C Machine
STEPS
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This guide requires the following supplies:
  • Refrigerant oil

Safety Tip:
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.



1
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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2
Locate your A/C condenser.
3
Inspect the condenser for cracks that can lead to leaking.
4
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.
5
Remove any grilles, supports, lock braces to gain access to the condenser.
6
Remove the condenser's refrigerant lines. Cap these lines immediately.
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7
Remove the condenser mounting bolts.
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8
Remove the condenser.
9
Install a new condenser making sure any rubber cushions fit properly on the condenser assembly.
10
Pour a small amount of compressor oil into the line fittings. Reconnect the A/C lines. Replace all O-rings
11
Re-install any parts that were removed in order to gain access to the condenser.
12
Evacuate all remaining refrigerant using a specific AC machine that pulls a vacuum on the system.
13
Hold the vacuum for 10 minutes to check for leaks.
14
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.
15
Reconnect the battery cable.
16
Test A/C system by measuring the temperature coming out of vents inside the vehicle.
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