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My 02 Olds Intrigue a/c condenser sprang a leak today. All the refrigerant has now escaped. I need to replace the condenser. Does someone have any instructions on how to do this job for this car? Anything else I should know or need to replace while performing this job?

Many, Many, Thanks for any help with this!

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Autozone has free access to general service info on most w's. I'd start there. I don't think there's anything crazy about it besides take radiator off, take condenser off, reassemble. Make sure you vacuum the system before refill time.

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Any time you open an A/C you should replace the accumulator/drier. Add more refrigerant oil, and make sure it holds a vacuum before recharging. Loads of vids on YouTube........helped me get thru my first ever condenser swap on our 05 GP.

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2 hours ago, cheatah faheatah said:

Any time you open an A/C you should replace the accumulator/drier. Add more refrigerant oil, and make sure it holds a vacuum before recharging. Loads of vids on YouTube

Exactly! :)
Replace the drier, add AC oil, vacuum, charge.


You should use a proper AC Diagnostic Manifold Freon Gauge/Hose Set.  They are ~~$30.
Harbor Freight also often has them on sale.

https://www.amazon.com/OrionMotorTech-Diagnostic-Manifold-Refrigerants-Couplers/dp/B01MZ6OQPE/
OrionMotorTech 3FT AC Diagnostic Manifold Freon Gauge Set for R134A R12, R22, R502 Refrigerants, with Couplers and Acme Adapter
4.0 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
Price:   $27.99
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Good Luck!


 

Edited by Cutlass350

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Picking up a set of manifold gauges is relatively simple, but a vacuum pump is an absolute, whether it be an electric motor driven item or an air compressor driven vacuum pump, without the vacuum pump you're dead in the water.

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Not to sound like an ad here. I don't buy much from there but their loan a tool program is on point. Autozone will loan you all this for free. Everything mentioned here.

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I'd recommend replacing these items if doing the condenser.....

 

New:

Receiver/drier/accumulator

Orfice Tube

Flush system

New O ring seals

 

You can rent the vaccum pump and gauge set from Autozone. Youll need these to pull a proper vaccum. This is a must itherwise you'll destroy the compressor. Pull a good vaccum and check for leaks. Then recharge by weight into the system. Boom. Enjoy your new cold AC!

 

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