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Ok so the new condenser came. The old one had a hole in it and the local radiator welder said to replace it.

So.....Do I have to remove the whole front end (the whole front plastic clip)?? I saw a vid on it and it looks a bit of a pain.
Also do I need new seals for the new condenser? Should it come with it?

Any help would be great on how to proceed.
 

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The entire front clip should be removed. I would check and make sure you have new o-ring seals for the condensor. Your system should then be hooked up to an A/C charging station and evacuated, leak checked, and recharged with the proper amount of Pag oil added to the R-13A refrigerant.
 

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You can buy a box of various size o-rings at an auto parts store, Harbor Freight or a hardware store. When you remove the old condenser, match up the o-rings. Be sure to put refrigerant oil on them before buttoning everything up. Then it is best to seek out an a/c shop who can put the system in a vacuum to make sure there are no leaks. I would leave the front clip off in case you find a leak.
 

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Yes I always lube stuff like that. I took some pics of the job. First problem was the vid I saw said to take off side skirts to remove front clip but you don't need to and it adds a ton of work. You can bend the front of them back and get the ONE bolt off.
The condenser was removed straight down & out of car. I did need to remove the passngr headlight to gain access to the aluminum hoses but as stated still cant get o rings to seat. Car will sit the night half naked and I'll resume the job in the morning.
 

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Update, job done and AC blowing cold!. All in all easier than I thought. the front clip also easier than expected and found utube vid to see it done. Just remember to remount the side turn signal bulbs.
You DONT need to remove the whole side skirt, you can carefully bend it since you only need to remove 1 screw at the front of it.
 
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