Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Condenser

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-85 Accord

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Safely discharge the air conditioning system using the proper recovery/recycling equipment.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the line and hose from the condenser. Plug them to prevent the entry of dirt and moisture.
  6.  
  7. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the front spoiler or splash shield under the front of the car.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: The condenser is removed from under the car

  1. Remove the condenser mounting bolts. Leave the rubber bushings in place. Lower the condenser down and remove it under the car.
  2.  

To install:
  1. If a new condenser is being installed, add 1 / 3 fl. oz. (10 cc) of refrigerant oil to the new unit.
  2.  
  3. Position the condenser on the vehicle. Be sure it is properly engaged in the rubber bushings, then install the mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Install the front spoiler/splash shield, then lower the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Connect the line and hose to the condenser.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  
  11. Evacuate and recharge the air conditioning system.
  12.  

1986-89 Accord

See Figure 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Safely discharge the air conditioning system using the proper recovery/recycling equipment.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hood latch assembly but do not disconnect the hood release cable. Place the assembly out of the way.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the line and hose from the condenser. Cap the fittings and ports immediately to keep out dirt.
  8.  
  9. Remove the condenser mounting bolts. Lift the condenser out of the car.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Condenser mounting points on 1986-89 Accords

To install:
  1. If a new condenser is being installed, add 1 fl. oz. (30 cc) of refrigerant oil to the new unit.
  2.  
  3. Position the condenser on the vehicle. Make certain the mounting bushings are in place, then tighten the mounting bolts to 12 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the line and hose to the condenser.
  6.  
  7. Install the hood latch assembly.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  
  11. Evacuate and recharge the air conditioning system.
  12.  

1990-95 Accord

See Figures 3 and 4

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS).
  2.  
  3. Safely discharge the air conditioning system using the proper recovery/recycling equipment.
  4.  
  5. Remove the coolant reservoir and tube. Remove the suction line bracket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the front grille. Release the clips with a narrow tool; be careful not to break them.
  8.  
  9. On 1990-93 models, remove the radiator and condenser fans. Take care not to damage the radiator fins when removing the fans.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: On 1990-93 models, remove the radiator and condenser fans

  1. Remove the upper radiator mount brackets.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the line from the condenser. Cap the fittings and ports immediately to keep out dirt.
  4.  
  5. Remove the 2 mounting nuts/bolts and remove the condenser.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 4: Condenser mounting nut locations

To install:
  1. If a new condenser is being installed, add 1 / 3 fl. oz. (10 cc) of refrigerant oil to the new unit on 1990-93 models or 1 fl. oz. (30 cc) on 1994-95 models. On 1990-93 models with Nippodenso compressors, use ND Oil 9, on Hadsys compressors use Hermetic 90 PX refrigerant oil. On 1994-95 models with Nippodenso compressors, use ND Oil 8, on Hadsys compressors use Daphne Hermetic S10X refrigerant oil. These refrigerant oils are usually available at your Honda dealer.
  2.  
  3. Fit the condenser into position and install the retaining nuts.
  4.  
  5. Replace the O-rings and connect the lines to the condenser. Tighten the fittings to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm) on 1990-93 models or 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm) on 1994-95 models.
  6.  
  7. Install the upper radiator brackets.
  8.  
  9. If applicable, install the condenser and radiator fans.
  10.  
  11. Install the grille. Make sure the guides engage properly; don't overtighten the retaining screws.
  12.  
  13. Install the suction line bracket. Reinstall the coolant reservoir.
  14.  
  15. If applicable, enable the SRS.
  16.  
  17. Connect the negative battery cable.
  18.  
  19. Evacuate and recharge the air conditioning system.
  20.  

1984-91 Prelude

See Figure 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Safely discharge the air conditioning system using the proper recovery/recycling equipment.
  4.  
  5. On 1984-87 models, remove the grille.
  6.  
  7. On 1988-91 models, remove the front bumper. Remove the hood latch assembly and place it out of the way.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the line and hose from the condenser. Cap the fittings and ports immediately to keep out dirt.
  10.  
  11. On 1984-87 models, remove the mounting bolts for the upper radiator support and move the support slightly to gain additional clearance.
  12.  



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Fig. Fig. 5: Condenser mounting on 1984-91 Preludes

  1. Remove the condenser mounting bolts. Lift the condenser out of the car.
  2.  

To install:
  1. If a new condenser is being installed, add 1 / 3 fl. oz. (10 cc) of refrigerant oil to the new unit.
  2.  
  3. Before reinstalling, make certain the rubber bushings for the lower condenser mounts are present and properly placed.
  4.  
  5. Place the condenser in its mounts. Install the retaining bolts and tighten them to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
  6.  
  7. On 1984-87 models, install the mounting bolts for the upper radiator support.
  8.  
  9. Connect the line and hose to the condenser using new O-rings.
  10.  
  11. Install the hood latch assembly if it was removed.
  12.  
  13. Install the grille or front bumper.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
  16.  
  17. Evacuate and recharge the air conditioning system.
  18.  

1992-95 Prelude

See Figure 6

  1. Disconnect the battery cables, then disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS).
  2.  
  3. Safely discharge the air conditioning system using the proper recovery/recycling equipment.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the pressure switch from the condenser receiver line.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the discharge line from the condenser. Remove the receiver line. Cap the open fittings and ports immediately to keep out dirt.
  8.  
  9. Remove the bolts securing the A/C hose bracket.
  10.  
  11. Remove the upper radiator mount brackets.
  12.  
  13. Remove the condenser mounting bolts, then lift the unit out of the vehicle.
  14.  



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Fig. Fig. 6: Condenser mounting on 1992-95 Preludes

To install:
  1. If a new condenser is being installed, add 1 / 3 fl. oz. (10 cc) of refrigerant oil to the new unit.
  2.  

Use only refrigerant oil made expressly for use with R-134a systems. Do not use R-12 refrigerant, oil or components on R-134a systems and vice versa. Expensive system damage will result as they are not compatible.

  1. Place the condenser in its mounts. Install the retaining bolts and tighten them to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the upper radiator mount brackets and the A/C hose bracket. Tighten the bolts to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the receiver and discharge lines to the condenser with new O-rings. Tighten to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Connect the pressure switch to the receiver line.
  8.  
  9. Enable the SRS, then connect the battery cables.
  10.  
  11. Evacuate and recharge the air conditioning system.
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