REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
The A/C condenser is mounted to the radiator with bolts (upper) and mounting pads (lower).
- Have the A/C system discharged by a qualified professional mechanic.
- Remove the refrigerant line mounting nut and separate the refrigerant lines from the condenser.
- Cover the open ends of the A/C lines and condenser to minimize system contamination.
- Remove the coolant overflow bottle, electric cooling fans and radiator assembly.
On some models, complete removal of the radiator or coolant drainage is not necessary. The radiator may be moved slightly rearward to remove the condenser.
- Remove the 2 bolts securing the condenser assembly to the radiator.
- Slip the condenser from the lower radiator mounting brackets.
- Remove the condenser from the vehicle.
- Replace all O-rings and gaskets with new ones and coat the sealing surfaces with the approved refrigerant oil. Add 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) of refrigerant oil to the condenser if it is a new condenser.
It is important to have the correct amount of oil in the A/C system to ensure proper lubrication. Too little oil will result in damage to the compressor, while too much oil will reduce the cooling capacity of the system and consequently result in higher discharge air temperatures.
- Position the condenser into its mounting position.
- Press the condenser into the lower radiator mounting brackets.
- Install and tighten the 2 bolts to secure the condenser assembly to the radiator.
- Install the radiator assembly (if removed), the cooling fans, and the coolant overflow bottle.
- Install the A/C lines to the condenser and tighten the refrigerant line mounting nut to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
- Have the A/C system evacuated and recharged by a qualified professional mechanic, utilizing the proper equipment.
See Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
- Have the A/C system discharged by a qualified professional mechanic using an approved a recovery/recycling machine.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Attach one end of a 24 in. (61cm) long, 1 / 4 in. (6mm) inside diameter hose to the radiator drain. Place the other end into a clean container.
When servicing the cooling system, care must be taken to ensure that coolant does not contact the accessory drive belt or pulleys. Cover the belt and pulleys with shop towels prior to servicing the cooling system.
- Remove the cap from the coolant expansion bottle (overflow container).
- Open the radiator drain and allow the radiator to drain.
- Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses.
- Remove the front radiator grille retaining screws and remove the grille from the