1999 Volkswagen Beetle Replacing Condenser

Tiny
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  • 1999 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 208,000 MILES
I know I need to replace the condenser for my A/C unit as it's intake/output hose on driver-side bottom of unit was broken several years ago. Do I need to replace more than this? I've read that some recommend replacing the accumulator, A/C hose and expansion valve. Also, when the time comes to recharge the system, must it be done in a shop, or can I recharge it myself?
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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 3:37 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

The problem that you have is that the system has been open to the atmosphere for so long, many major components may be beyond use, I would be concerned with the compressor and the evaporator as corrosion will be formed internally by now, the receiver dryer must be replaced, I would let an A/C tech check this over and report before you go spending to much money on a system that may now be beyond economical repair.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 5:28 PM

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