Avenger 2008

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
Before removing the A/C condenser, note the location of each of the radiator/condenser air seals. These air seals are used to direct air through the A/C condenser and radiator. The air seals must be reinstalled in their proper locations in order for the A/C and engine cooling systems to perform as designed.

  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
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  3. Recover the refrigerant from the refrigerant system.
    NOTE
    It is not necessary to remove the hood latch from the upper radiator support for A/C condenser service.

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  5. Remove the upper radiator mounts from the radiator support.
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  7. Carefully push the radiator (6) slightly rearward to gain access to the A/C condenser (2).

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    Fig. Push the radiator (6) slightly rearward to gain access to the A/C condenser (2)

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  9. Remove the nut (1) that secures the A/C discharge line (7) to the discharge jumper line (5) located on the right side of the A/C condenser (3).
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  11. Disconnect the A/C discharge line from the discharge jumper line and remove and discard the O-ring seal and gasket.
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  13. Remove the nut (4) that secures the discharge jumper line to the A/C condenser.
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  15. Remove the bolt (2) that secures the discharge jumper line to the radiator.
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  17. Disconnect the discharge jumper line from the A/C condenser and remove and discard the O-ring seal and gasket.
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  19. Install plugs in, or tape over the opened discharge and jumper line fittings and the condenser port.
    NOTE
    Illustration shown with front fascia removed for clarity.

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  21. Raise and support the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Reach up through the opening in the bottom of the front fascia located in the right front corner of the vehicle to gain access to the A/C liquid line.

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  23. Remove the nut (3) that secures the A/C liquid line (2) to the right side of the A/C condenser (1).

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    Fig. Remove the nut (3) that secures the A/C liquid line (2) to the right side of the A/C condenser (1)

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  25. Disconnect the A/C liquid line from the A/C condenser and remove and discard the O-ring seal and gasket.
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  27. Install plugs in, or tape over the opened liquid line fitting and the condenser outlet port.
    NOTE
    Illustration shown with front fascia removed for clarity.

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  29. Remove the two bolts (3) that secure the lower condenser brackets to the radiator (5).

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    Fig. Remove the two bolts (3) that secure the lower condenser brackets to the radiator (5)

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  31. Lower the vehicle.
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  33. Disconnect the automatic transmission cooler lines (2) from the left side of the A/C condenser (1).
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  35. Carefully lift the A/C condenser straight up and disengage the two upper condenser brackets (4) from the radiator and remove the condenser from the engine compartment.
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To install:


CAUTION
Be certain to adjust the refrigerant oil level when servicing the A/C refrigerant system. Failure to properly adjust the refrigerant oil level will prevent the A/C system from operating as designed and can cause serious A/C compressor damage.


NOTE
When replacing multiple A/C system components, see the Refrigerant Oil Capacities chart to determine how much oil should be added to the refrigerant system.


NOTE
If only the A/C condenser is being replaced, add 20 milliliters (0.7 fluid ounce) of refrigerant oil to the refrigerant system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.


NOTE
Replacement of the refrigerant line O-ring seals and gaskets is required anytime a refrigerant line is disconnected. Failure to replace the rubber O-ring seals and metal gaskets could result in a refrigerant system leak.

  1. Carefully lower the A/C condenser straight down in front of the radiator and engage the upper condenser brackets to the radiator.
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  3. Connect the automatic transmission cooler lines to the left side of the A/C condenser.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  7. Install the two bolts that secure the lower condenser brackets to the radiator.
    NOTE
    Reach up through the opening in the bottom of the front fascia located in the right front corner of the vehicle to gain access to the A/C liquid line.

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  9. Remove the tape or plug from the liquid line fitting and the condenser outlet port.
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  11. Lubricate a new rubber O-ring seal with clean refrigerant oil and install it and a new gasket onto the liquid line fitting. Use only the specified O-ring as it is made of a special material for the R-134a system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.
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  13. Connect the A/C liquid line to the A/C condenser and install the retaining nut. Tighten the nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  15. Lower the vehicle.
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  17. Remove the tape or plug from the discharge and jumper line fittings and the condenser inlet port.
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  19. Lubricate new rubber O-ring seals with clean refrigerant oil and install them and new gaskets onto the discharge and jumper line fittings. Use only the specified O-rings as they are made of a special material for the R-134a system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.
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  21. Carefully push the radiator slightly rearward to gain access to the A/C condenser.
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  23. Connect the discharge jumper line to the A/C condenser and loosely install the retaining nut.
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  25. Install the bolt that secures the jumper line to the radiator. Tighten the bolt securely.
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  27. Tighten the nut that secures the discharge jumper line to the A/C condenser to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
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  29. Connect the A/C discharge line to the jumper line and install the retaining nut. Tighten the nut to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
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  31. Reposition the radiator and install the upper radiator mounts.
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  33. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
    CAUTION
    Do NOT run the engine with a vacuum pump in operation or with a vacuum present within the A/C system. Failure to follow this caution will result in serious A/C compressor damage.

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  35. Evacuate the refrigerant system.
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  37. If the A/C condenser is being replaced, add 0.7 fluid ounces (20 milliliters) of refrigerant oil to the refrigerant system. When replacing multiple A/C system components, see the Refrigerant Oil Capacities chart to determine how much oil should be added to the refrigerant system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the A/C compressor in the vehicle.
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  39. Charge the A/C system.
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