REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
This procedure requires the evacuating and recharging of the A/C refrigerant. An approved recycling/recovery machine is needed to do this. If you do not have the proper certification in addition to the necessary equipment, you must consult a certified professional to evacuate the system before you start the procedure, and recharge the system when the job is complete.
- Determine whether your particular A/C system uses R-12 or R-134a refrigerant. Most vehicles have identification stickers placed in the engine compartment and on certain components of the A/C system to alert you to which type of refrigerant is used.
- Have the A/C refrigerant properly evacuated using an approved recovery/recycling machine.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Tag and disconnect the discharge line and O-ring from the condenser. Cap the open ends to prevent debris from entering the system. Discard the O-ring.
- Tag and disconnect the evaporator line and O-ring from the condenser, and plug the open ends to prevent debris from entering the A/C system. Discard the O-ring
- Remove the radiator upper bracket retainer bolts. Remove the brackets and tilt the radiator rearward.
- Remove the retainer bolts securing the side brackets between the radiator and condenser assemblies.
- Carefully lift the condenser assembly up and out of the engine. Once the condenser is removed, check the rubber isolators at the base of the assembly, and replace if missing or worn.
- Position the condenser carefully into the engine compartment. Make sure the isolators align correctly with the holes in the vehicle body.
- Secure the condenser by installing the two retainer bolts for the side brackets. Tighten the bolts to 15-18 ft. lbs. (19-23 Nm).
- Tilt the radiator forward and secure in place with the two upper brackets and retainer bolts tightened to 15-18 ft. lbs. (19-23 Nm).
- Using new O-rings with a light coating of clean refrigerant oil, install the discharge and evaporator lines to the condenser and tighten the fitting to 13-17 ft. lbs. (17-23 Nm).
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Charge the A/C using an approved recovery/recycling machine.
- Run the A/C system and check to make sure it functions correctly.