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Author Topic: Air conditioning condenser removal  (Read 2912 times)

Offline 2006ransome

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Air conditioning condenser removal
« on: February 13, 2017, 11:58:06 AM »
Hi Peeps
I have used the search and looked through all manner of posts so hopefully its just me being blind. Can anyone point me in the direction of a post on how to remove  start to finish the condenser matrix on a MK2 ?

Cheers in advance

Offline insanitybeard

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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 12:28:35 PM »
I don't think there is an all in one procedure/ writeup on how to do it as yet, I have started to write one but not finished it.......  ::)
There have been a few informative threads though, such as this one, and also this.

Basically the front bumper needs to come off (removal of that is covered here), and then the condenser is unbolted from either the radiator or intercooler depending on what engine is fitted- 90/115ps TDI's have a different setup to 130/150ps versions. The hard part will be getting the condenser out of the front panel, if you don't want to remove the whole front panel and intercooler/ radiator pack etc then you'll need to use a dremel or similar to elongate the access holes (if the front panel has them- later Mk2's usually do) for the condenser mounting bolts in the front panel, this will then allow you to remove the condenser from the front- if you don't do this then the 'wings' that protrude from the condenser (visible in the image of the condenser removed from the vehicle in the thread that I linked above) that the mounting bolts secure through won't clear the front panel and it won't come out.
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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 07:43:17 PM »
Cheers so far
That's given me a bit to go at
Got the condenser as couldn't see the point in getting the dryer and finding it was more than just that and having the car all over the drive and having to chuck it together again. I brought the dryer mind and found out one comes with the matrix already
Bugger !

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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 11:10:08 PM »
My Galaxy ran for several months with no condenser and the pipes blanked off so don't worry about it! LOL

Why does it need replacing anyway? Leaking, poor system performance?
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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 08:31:24 AM »
no gas and took the gamble after reading posts its a common failure. So for 80.00 I thought feck it.
I have gas/gauges/vac pumps/oxy free N2 etc so cheap repair if that's all it is....touch wood

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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 06:15:18 PM »
Have you checked for any fractured pipes as well? There seem to be a couple points in the front pipework prone to fracturing- near the compressor, also worth taking a read here and here as well.
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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017, 08:16:30 PM »
Oh bugger !!!!
Thanks for that. Looks like I may need to delve deeper
Is the pipe ally any it looke it ?
If mine has fractured I  might measure and see if a flare straight or elbow might sort it. I have silver solder also if needed :-)

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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2017, 10:30:06 PM »
Yes they are alloy and prone to fracture by the compressor,while degassed have a check round

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Re: Air conditioning condenser removal
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 11:19:38 AM »
Well did the job on Sat. Took about 3 hours all in but would have been quicker had I not left the access ports in my car and the wife had gone out in it :-/
anyway pretty straight forward. Couldn't see any broken pipes which was a plus point. Removed the rubber bung above the filter before taking the condenser out and it was clean but full of what I would guess as a mix of Oil and leak dye. I cut the fibre glass shroud with a hacksaw blade just enough to let one side of the rad to come out and then it allowed me to slide it to the one side and lift out. New Rad fitted and vacced for aprox 3/4 hour as was short on time and so no time to pressure test. Held vac fine though. Gassed and rebuilt. Needs a good test run now but could do with a few warm days (doesn't every one) Any how thanks for info on bumper removal.

 

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