GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Condenser

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1985-88

See Figures 1 and 2


CAUTION
Please re-read the air conditioning section in Routine Maintenance so that the system may be discharged properly. Always wear eye protection and gloves when discharging the system. Observe no smoking/no open flame rules.

  1. Safely discharge the air conditioning system.
  2.  
  3. Remove the grille and the hood lock brace.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the flexible discharge hose from the condenser inlet fitting. Use 2 wrenches, one to counterhold the fitting and one to turn. Failure to counterhold the fitting may result in damage to the lines.
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  7. Disconnect the liquid line from the condenser outlet. Again, use 2 wrenches.
  8.  
  9. Cap the open lines immediately to prevent moisture from entering the system.
  10.  
  11. Remove the 4 bolts holding the condenser and remove the condenser. Take great care not to damage the fins on the condenser during removal.
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To install:
  1. When reinstalling, make sure the rubber cushions fit on the mounting flange correctly.
  2.  
  3. Install the 4 bolts holding the condenser.
  4.  
  5. Connect the liquid line to the condenser and tighten it to 10 ft. lbs.
  6.  
  7. Connect the flexible discharge hose and tighten it to 16 ft. lbs.
  8.  

The lightweight fittings on the lines and hoses are easily damaged. Do not overtighten the threaded fittings.

  1. Install the front grille and hood lock brace.
  2.  
  3. If a different condenser was installed, add 1.4-1.7 oz. of compressor oil to the compressor.
  4.  
  5. Evacuate and recharge the system.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Liquid line - 1985-88



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Fig. Fig. 2: Condenser - 1985-88

1989-9