REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
R-12 refrigerant is a chlorofluorocarbon which, when released into the atmosphere, can contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere. Ozone filters out harmful radiation from the sun. An approved R-12 recovery/recycling station that meets SAE standards should be used when discharging the system. Follow the operating instructions provided with the equipment exactly to properly discharge the system.
- Discharge the refrigerant system, as described in General Information & Maintenance of this repair guide.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- If necessary, remove the air cleaner assembly.
- As required, remove the front grille, air seal cover and side lamps. Remove the clamps and the hood lock brace, if installed.
- Disconnect and plug the condenser inlet, outlet and liquid lines to prevent the entry of moisture and dirt.
- Remove the necessary components (such as the cooling fan on 323 models) in order to gain access to the condenser mounting bolts.
- Unfasten the condenser mounting bolts and remove the condenser from the vehicle.
- Lower the condenser into the vehicle and secure it with the mounting bolts. Reinstall all interference items.
- Connect the suction, discharge and liquid lines to the condenser.
- Install the hood lock brace and the clamps, if removed. Install the air seal and the front grille and side lamps.
If a new condenser was installed, add approximately 30cc of clean compressor oil to the unit.
- If applicable, install the air cleaner assembly.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Evacuate, charge and test the system as described in General Information & Maintenance .