Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Condenser

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
The air conditioning system in filled with refrigerant under high pressure. The refrigerant must be discharged before you can safely work on any of the components.


WARNING
If a refrigerant recovery/recycling machine is not available, this job should be performed at a dealer or a shop that has this equipment.

  1. Properly discharge the air conditioning system into a recovery/recycling machine.
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  3. Remove the refrigerant line attaching nut and separate the lines at the condenser sealing plate. Immediately cap the ends with a plastic cap designed for this purpose or with plastic sheeting and tape.
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  5. Remove the two mounting bolts located near the top of the condenser. These attach the condenser to the radiator core support.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Remove the two mounting bolts located near the top of the condenser. These attach the condenser to the radiator core support

  1. Lift the condenser out of the engine compartment, being careful not to damage fins or piping.
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To install:

  1. Install the condenser in reverse order. Replace all gaskets and O-rings. O-rings must be coated with refrigerant oil drawn from an unopened container prior to installation.
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  3. If the condenser used is a new one, make sure to have oil added to the system to replace that which was removed with the old compressor. This requires specialized service knowledge. A 500 SUS viscosity, wax-free oil must be used. The compressor holds 198-212 grams.
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  5. Have the system evacuated, charged and leak tested by a trained technician.
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