Installing a Condenser
Author: Nationwide Autoparts Date Posted:27 September 2017
How do I diagnose a faulty condenser?
The only way to test if a condenser is faulty is to look at the trace on an engine analyser. Another obvious sign is that the points are usually burnt.
Do I have to be a licensed technician to purchase and fit a condenser?
You do not need to be a licensed technician to purchase or fit a condenser however any work that requires degassing or regassing of an auto air conditioning system must be conducted by an authorised operator. Do not attempt to degas or regas a car air conditioning system yourself. Our Condenser Installation Guide may be able to assist you with your installation.
How do I select which condenser matches my vehicle?
To select which condenser matches your vehicle, simply search for your vehicles make and model using our user friendly searching navigation on our homepage. www.nationwideautoparts.com.au If you have any further questions you can contact our customer service team on 1300 529 723.
Condenser Installation Guide
The following is a general guide to the removal and installation of a condenser.
The condenser is the high pressure air conditioning part in front of the radiator.
WARNING: ANY WORK THAT REQUIRES DEGASSING OR REGASSING OF AN AUTO AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM MUST BE CONDUCTED BY AN AUTHORISED OPERATOR. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DEGAS OR REGAS A CAR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM YOURSELF.
Do not commence the below process until all gas has been removed from your car's air conditioning system by an authorised operator.
1. Firstly you will need to assess whether the radiator or the bumper bar needs to be removed. Some cars require the complete radiator to be removed (see radiator installation guide). Others need only the bumper removed or the radiator top mounts removed.
2. Once the bumper or the radiator is removed the inlet hose and outlet pipes can be disconnected.
3. The condenser mount bolts can then be undone and the condenser can be removed.
4. Inspect the condenser and make sure it matches the new condenser you are about to install.
5. To install your new condenser, follow the instructions above but in reverse order. Fit the condenser, reconnect the hoses and pipes with new orings, refit bumper or radiator and then the car is ready for a regas.
6. Regassing should only be undertaken by an authorised and licensed operator. They will know the correct procedure and the correct quantity of gas to use.