2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Replace Radiator

Tiny
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  • 2006 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
I have a 2006 PT Cruiser and need to replace the radiator.
One instruction says disconnect the A/C line bolts from the condenser with the line bolt wrench after draining the A/C of all freon. This evacuation must be done by a licensed mechanic, and most shops will do this without charge. Set the lines aside so they are not in the way. And unbolt the radiator assembly from the top frame mounts, and it will slide out toward the top of the engine compartment. The "radiator assembly" is the twin-core main radiator, the A/C condenser, and the fan housing. These are one complete unit and must be removed as one piece.

The other instruction doesn't mention disconnecting the A/C line bolts but does say to take off the fan housing separately. Do I really need to evacuate the A/C?
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Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 AT 1:05 PM

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Tiny
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Are you sure they are one piece? Usually they are 3 seperate parts that are bolted together. As far as the condenser, if I am correct, you should be able to unbolt it and carefully remove it without evacuating the AC. If you are correct and they are one unit, you will need to evacuate the system so you can remove the condenser lines.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Sunday, January 24th, 2010 AT 12:53 AM

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