Replacing A Leaking AC Condenser




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Irwin Yuen: Looks like I have A6 GM AC compressor. Looks like it's about $60 for tools and $40 for the seal. Can I remove the clutch/pulley and shaft seal without needing to remove the Freon from the system?

NETWizzJbirk: Try it on a Mazda 3... You get to remove the Receiver/Dryer, bumper, headlights, bumper support, and entire Radiator.

Irwin Yuen: I have 66 Chevy that had the AC rebuilt before my purchase of the car and I am seeing a green dye that coming out of the compressor clutch that sprays a thin green line on the inside hood of my car. I guessing it's the shaft seal of the compressor and the leak stops when the engine get's warmed up. The AC is working and I do get cold air now. Is the oil/ green-dye and Freon in the same system or is the oil/green-dye separate from the Freon? Do you suggest adding a AC sealer to the Freon?

balls delvecchio: Hi Scotty! My AC had a leak and it was blowing warm air. I recently had freon and dye put in the ac system and it was fine for a few days until last night. I took it back, it was blowing warm air again and to see if he can spot the leak. The mechanic told me that there is a leak in my condenser. He told me it would cost $300. I have a 2005 Jeep Liberty. Do you think it would be easier and less money to fix it myself?

Paul Dimofte: i dont have a car ((

Black Heart: Thanks good to know about the oil 

Ben S: I'm replacing the condenser on my toyota this week (already taken it out). I've also heard its important to replace the o-rings on the connections. If thats true I doubt new condensor comes with them and hard to find. Thoughts?

ac15: Can you do a infiniti g35 for radiators and condenser

mydogatemypurse: Hey Scotty. I've been watching your videos over the past years and it served us greatly. I have one question though, for a slow leak on the condenser, would you recommend using a stop leak?

OpsahlDG: My car manual says use 525 visc oil for sealing, you say PAG but don't specify visc. Does it matter?

Paul Dimofte: see it

wheeliesforJesus: How detrimental is it to remove the room air from the system? I swapped condensers and don't have a vacuum pump.

Paul Dimofte: you are a litle bit more crazy

Paul Dimofte: but in the good way

WV591: Scotty, you are the Bob Munden of auto mechanics :-)

hoopfan71: My 1992 Acura Legend's AC has been working off-and-on for about a year until recently when it started strictly blowing hot air. I was afraid the compressor I'd installed a couple years ago had died. I took the car to a shop, and they found that the condenser was leaking...$900 for the replacement and recharge (R-12 refrigerant @ $120/lb - Legend uses two pounds). I replaced the condenser, o-rings, and receiver-drier today, and I added some R-12 system mineral oil. I had to remove the radiator to get the old condenser out and install the new one.

Mike Oxbig: Just spent about 8 hours trying to do this on an '03 Pontiac Vibe, and failed miserably. First, I couldn't get the grille off due to its fastening screws being rusted to the frame with stripped heads, so I had to really get in there at weird angles, going underneath the car to unhook this bastard. Second, after finally (about 3 hours alter) getting everything disassembled, the radiator's attached fan wouldn't come off, so after unbolting that, it still wouldn't come off due to the front radiator hose being in the way. So after spilling coolant all over the place (my fault) from unhooking the hose, there's *another* hose that was hooked to the fans. I said **** it, since the radiator won't bend back out of the way to make room for the condenser coming out, and put everything back. Thankfully my car still works, so far. Maybe next time, try to explain that there's a lot of things that could happen that would prevent someone from getting a condenser unhooked, instead of making it seem so easy. 

giova240: how bad is it to put water instead of coolant???

John Jay: say I have really good question.. my aunts car 2003 dodge stratus.. blows cold air then stops.. the refill gage shows its low.. havnt re charged it yet.. but I don't want to yet because I think I smell free on in the air vents.. could this be a small leak?? I am not an A/c tech.. I have worked on cars but not a pro with a/c thank you for reading

38911bytefree: Scotty, have a question nothing to do with the actual vid. A friend's of mine 97 Accord start form cold at about 2K to 1K5 .... it slowly goes down, stays a little at 1K and then drop to about the half of the 1K range, I'd said, like 500 or 600RPM. Is it normal ? I guess noT. Where do you would see frist. Thanks Scotty. Nice vid as usual. Abrazos.

Phill P: I just replaced my compressor, condenser, accumulator, and orifice tube and am having trouble recharging. My 97 chevy silverado is supposed to take 32 oz of 134a but will only accept about 20 oz. My gauges are reading normal at 35 psi for the low and 250 psi for the high. I checked the orifice tube to see if there was any blockage; it was clean. Do you have any ideas as to why the system will not accept the last 12 oz of refrigerant?

melvinho92: Hey scotty ive been having a po444 purge solenoid code and today i got a new code which is clyinder #2 misfire po302 what should i check? Also my car has been sometimes a bit harder to start and get a rough idle at times thanks again!!!

bikeboy0012: Dude there's no finesse when you work on cars

Scotty Kilmer: one gigantic pain in the butt job, you have to take most of the dash out. Get a cheap manual with pictures and directions

kukelz: Wow that last car is nice..

dennis mcclintock: Where do I stick my pickle in?

William Baldwin: How would you get to a leaking evaporator core on a 2006 Dodge Caravan SE?

spelunkerd: This vid is one of a car's A/C system, which of course has no water. I believe you're talking about engine coolant, unless your question was a sarcastic joke. Yup, it's bad to put tap water into engine coolant because the ionic impurities will contribute to electrolytic reactions that damage metal surfaces inside the engine. Use distilled water or deionized water or premixed coolant, not filtered water or tap water or bottled water.

ringbolt9: not too bad a job , compared to some of them I've watched you perform! though you are so skilled, you make them all look somewhat easy.

EngineerLikesFarming: what do you define as most older engines?? 90's? 80's?, 70's? or even 60's? gas? diesel? American? European? Japanese or Asian? come with some facts and not populistic statements or dangerous half knowledge. I am not talking about vintage cars (30 years ++). A min regular oil change on all the vehicles I have worked with have 10.000km ( 6.000miles) including gas or diesel engines

Boocho88: hey Scotty what was the moust expensive car u fixed :)

Scotty Kilmer: prices vary widely, always call around a few places and compare

bunning63: How the home renovations coming on?, another great video by the way.

Jesse Proctor: Drier built into the condenser? Seems like a good idea but what if the compressor fails. You have to replace the condenser too?

Daniel M.: Question scotty,, sure need some help, my buddy has a 99 Toyota rav4 and we have replaced the timing belt with your video last summer, and since then its got cut again, twice and were, back in there, and seems like the belt isn't staying tight, and we put new spring and tensionor on there, and its still not getting the belt fully tight, Any Advice Scotty. Thanks Scotty, #1 Fan Daniel Savannah,GA

G00DVIB3S: scotty how do i change headlight fluid? please help

Scotty Kilmer: ac systems use PAG oil to lubricate the compressor as the system runs.

jay gresso: ii have rewired a hot on many ac pumps I came across a pump with 2 wires going into it can those be rewired as well Cadillac or vw not sure now which it was have a good vacation mr kilmer

ShortyzProductionz: I have a 1996 dodge cummins and the ac doesnt work. The ac clutch would kick on for a fraction of a second but would turn right back off. So I tried refilling the system and still does the same thing. Should I look at the condenser or what? What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance

kevreilly7: depending on where you live and age of vehicle,,,you might want to consider bypassing it

Scotty Kilmer: AC air is very cold, outside air in summer is generally hot and humid. So when it hits a cold Ac evaporator, guess what? It creates rain, which then drains under the car. Normal if it's humid outside.

Richard Peck: Scotty do you have any videos on honda accords 1990

eric bocanegra: I love ur videos. Awesome work

christopher Resendez: Hey Scotty I was wondering if you live in the Houston area? Also if you do how much would you charge to replace ac compressor, orifice tube and drier on a 1999 Chevy silverado with a 5.3 liter v8.

Scotty Kilmer: Yes, pretty basic job. If you like my car help, be sure to watch my live car talk show every saturday morning at 10 AM CST on google events. I answer your car questions LIVE there. Just go to my scotty kilmer channel on youtube saturday morning at 10, and click on the google plus icon on the top right corner. That takes you to the event. You do have to be a member of google plus to ask questions, so join up, it’s all Free.

Dan von Volksburg: Hi Scotty,good job.the condenser was easy to replace,which car was it? On my Golf 3 u have to tear the whole front of to get the condenser replace! Cheers Dan

Steven Garcia: no compression from 98 merc sable 3.0 have spark and timing chain ok

Scotty Kilmer: not much really, you evacuate out the old stuff and put in 4 or 5 ounces of pag oil and and 80 percent load of R 134a as the molecules are a different size than freon.

Scotty Kilmer: a restriction anywhere can cause that, a condenser, an expansion valve, or a bent ac line

Scotty Kilmer: no, I film by myself so I never fully close em
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