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Old 08-28-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: saturn ion AC condenser removal

Without looking at any manuals for specific instructions on removal procedures for the radiator and condenser coil, just look closely at the condenser coil for bent tubing that's cracked; a crack anywhere in aluminum tubing usually releases all the refrigerant suddenly in a white cloud as if steam was released from the radiator bursting. There will be evidence of refrigerant oil also being released all over the place and maybe dye to glow in the area. If tubing is just bent without kinking and no refrigerant was released, it may be best to have this reclaimed by a/c shops in return for a discount when you need them later. The EPA police aren't looking over your shoulder if this system was already opened and no refrigerant remained. After all, an accident that breaks the front end and releases refrigerant, doesn't mean you released R134 indiscriminately. A system still under pressure can be repaired; released for reclamation by a/c shops or if most of it is released from a cracked joint/tube/whatever, you can go ahead and replace what's damaged. In the end you'll need to replace the end O-rings to seal the ends properly before the rest of the a/c system can be restored.

If you can, post some pictures as show and tell can help to describe the extent of the damage.
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