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AC Condenser replacement...

What's the best/ easiest way to change out the AC condenser?

4.2l V8 engine.
Last owner wrecked the T-reg driver's front quarter.
Damaged the condenser, it leaks.

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anyone???

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I don't have the factory manual, but you can look up how to remove the front bumper on this forum. It is fairly east to do.

Search for some of the posts about how to change the timing belt. The first thing they do is to remove the bumper then move the radiator/condenser assembly out of the way. Usually they leave the ac condenser hooked up, they just move it out of the way. The radiator they unhook and drain, as you usually change the water pump at that same time.
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yeah, but I've seen the fan removed and timing belt removed WITHOUT removing the front bumper.
I dont think it would help in my case anyway, as I have front end damage from previous owner

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All I was thinking was you could follow the pictures and directions until it got to the point where they were moving the ac condenser out of the way.

At that point, assuming you have all the R134A gas removed from the system, you just unbolt the old condenser, put in the new condenser, put it back together, pull the ac vacuum, charge the R134A and you are finished.
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Yeah, I need to avoid taking the front end off unless absolutely mandatory.
Mechanic friend told me I should be able to remove fans, then lift out radiator, then lift out AC condenser.

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Do you have the vacuum refill kit to put the radiator coolant back in?

If not, you will need one. These VW engines will not burp the air out.

FYI: Nooby should be by shortly to ask you about the last time you did a timing belt change.
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I've been thinking about the timing belt too. Money is getting low though.
It would make sense because I'd be halfway there already with the fans, etc out.
Might just wait until I can do the belt, water pump, thermostat, coolant flush and condenser at the same time.

...OR bail out NOW.

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LOL!

If that belt is old the engine might bail out first!
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Belt looks good as hell. nice and tight. Car runs like new money.
The belt does have 2011 stamped on it.
I've been told by two independent mechanics not to worry. Also been told I would get some warning like very hard starting, long cranking, backfiring, etc, when the belt is about to fail.

Not sure who to believe on this issue.

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