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Air Conditioning Condensor Replacement


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#1 Andy-D

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 06:48 PM

Taken from the guide on here but with pictures...
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Note: When doing this job, ensure the system is discharged as the gas is not human friendly. If your condensor is corroded and falling apart then there is a fair chance all the gas will have escaped.

This job also requires using a jack, obviously, never work under a car with only a jack for support, always use axle stands!
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1) Find a replacement condensor, many are available on eBay for around £30-£50 with postage, 'budget-radiators' on eBay offers an excellent service and quick dispatch.

2) Jack up the car, I found jacking it up on the front cross member is ideal, then placing and axle stand at either side worked well with plenty of room to work.
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3) Insert two screwdrivers (I found some long nails worked) through the upper mounts of the radiator.
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4) Now working underneath, remove the underbody tray (mine had already been removed)

5) Now with access to the condensor, unbolt the two pipes to the condensor. This are 13mm and may require a long socket to get over the inside bolt.
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6) If like mine the condensor is seriously corroded you may find the bottom half falls apart while removing. Undo two bolts on the bottom radiator brackets. (8mm) These may be rusted up solid, one came off, while the other had to be drilled out.
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7) With the lower condensor bolts removed and the pipes unbolted, now remove the lower radiator brackets from the chassis. (8mm) BE CAREFUL, ensure your screwdrivers/nails are capable of holding the radiator. At this point you could end up with a pretty radiator dent in your head.
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8) The radiator and condensor should now be able to move backwards slightly. This movement should be enough to get the condensor unclipped from the front of the radiator. A litte persuasion with a tap from a hammer may help unseize the tags. Once unclipped it can be fiddly but the condensor will eventually come out.
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9) Before installing, check over the new condensor for any damage to the fins or pipes. Also replace any o-rings. There should be one on each pipe, either inside the bore or on the shaft.
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10) Then as always, just do the reverse of above for refitting...
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Any problems... PM

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#2 MONDYMANv6

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 09:53 PM

Nice little guide there :L
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#3 dynamite

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for taking the time to write this up and include the pics.

Using your guide I managed to replace mine this morning in under an hour and now I have ice cold air!


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Posted 25 June 2010 - 02:54 PM

I have done this twice in 12 months! Did yours come with new threaded studs where the pipes connect (shown in pictures of step 9), or had you refitted the old ones?

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:08 PM

my st24's air con has never worked in the 3 years or so that ive owned the car. i notice that my condensers 'fins' are a bit trashed so i could very well need to do this!

question:

because the aircon has been broken for so long does that mean theres no point in my fixing it etc cos the seals will be dried up?

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#6 dynamite

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:59 PM

MARTINR -
Mine did come with the threaded studs in place.

sgking -
You probably already know the gas also has a lubricant which keeps the seals and the compressor in a good working state. If there has been no gas or the air con has not been used in a long time the compressor could be siezed and the seals dry. But you wont really know this until you get it re gassed.



#7 ENGINEER

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:06 PM

Andy-D........ First class guide.

#8 E55EX_RACER

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:18 AM

Nice guide mate, exactly how I did mine but I also removed the front bumper to make it abit easier.

because the aircon has been broken for so long does that mean theres no point in my fixing it etc cos the seals will be dried up?


Mine broke up when I removed it and must've been in that state for a quite a while. After fitting the new condenser and getting it regassed it worked perfectly. I had it regassed again last month (last time was 2 years ago) and it's still working fine :L

#9 sgking

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:57 AM

good news! im defo gonna do this sometime. brand new condensers are like £40 posted on the bay so well worth it, and if i can wait till winter then i can get it regassed gor £25 at kwik fit.

fingers crossed £65 and a little work shuld see my st24's aircon working again :)
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#10 tonytraff55

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 10:38 AM

jut had mine tested and the condensor failed quoted 191 quid from ford .as above mine hasnt worked since i had it and dont want to waste money and time on a condensor if the seals are knackered ,,tony
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