A.C. Condenser

Tiny
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Ihave a 98 Jeep Cherokee sport with 50'000 miles on it. I need to replace the A.C condenser, but I am not sure how to get the old one off.
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Thursday, August 10th, 2006 AT 10:15 AM

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Tiny
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Sounds like it comes out as a set with the radiator and then you remove it. Here are the instructions.
WARNING: REVIEW THE WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS BEFORE PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING OPERATION.

CAUTION: Before removing the condenser, note the location of each of the radiator and condenser air seals. These seals are used to direct air through the condenser and radiator. The air seals must be reinstalled in their proper locations in order for the air conditioning and engine cooling systems to perform as designed.

REMOVAL

Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
Recover the refrigerant from the refrigerant system. See Refrigerant Recovery for the procedures.
Disconnect the discharge line refrigerant line fitting at the condenser inlet. See Refrigerant Line Coupler for the procedures. Install plugs in, or tape over all of the opened refrigerant line fittings.
Disconnect the liquid line (Left-Hand Drive) or liquid line jumper (Right-Hand Drive) refrigerant line fitting at the condenser outlet. See Refrigerant Line Coupler for the procedures. Install plugs in, or tape over all of the opened refrigerant line fittings.
Remove the radiator and the condenser from the vehicle as a unit.
Condenser Remove/Install

Remove the two nuts that secure the condenser studs to the upper brackets of the radiator.
Slide the condenser down from the radiator far enough for the condenser studs to clear the upper radiator bracket holes, and for the lower condenser bracket holes to clear the dowel pins on the bottom of the radiator.
Remove the condenser from the radiator. INSTALLATION
Install the holes of the condenser lower brackets over the dowel pins on the bottom of the radiator.
Slide the condenser upwards until both of the condenser studs are installed through the holes in the radiator upper brackets. Tighten the mounting nuts to 5.3 N.M (47 in lbs).
Reinstall the radiator and condenser unit in the vehicle.
Remove the tape or plugs from the refrigerant line fittings on the condenser outlet and the liquid line (Left-Hand Drive) or the liquid line jumper (Right-Hand Drive). Install the liquid line or the liquid line jumper to the condenser outlet. See Refrigerant Line Coupler for the procedures.
Remove the tape or plugs from the refrigerant line fittings on the condenser inlet and the discharge line. Connect the discharge line to the condenser inlet. See Refrigerant Line Coupler for the procedures.
Connect the battery negative cable.
Evacuate the refrigerant system. See Refrigerant System Evacuate for the procedures.
Charge the refrigerant system. See Refrigerant System Charge for the procedures.
NOTE: If the condenser is replaced, add 30 milliliters (1 fluid ounce) of refrigerant oil to the refrigerant system. Use only refrigerant oil of the type recommended for the compressor in the vehicle.
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