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Replacing A/C Condenser Myself

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Nightops, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Aug 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Nightops [OP] Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    First Name:
    Nashua, NH
    K&N 63 short ram, Magnaflow Exhaust, OME lift with Dakars.
    Hi all,

    I have an 03' Xtra cab. V6 5 speed. I had my oil changed at a Valvoline shop and also did an A/C service. A month went by and my A/C stopped pushing out cold air. I found out that I lost all fluid because the bottom of my condenser split. I went back to the shop and they said that they will refill the refrigerant after I replace the condenser free of charge.

    I'm technically inclined and a DIY'er. I'm wondering if this is something that I can replace with ease or If I should have it done. Also, any recommendations whether if I should go OEM or aftermarket when buying parts. I've been quoted over $200 for an OEM condenser from multiple part shops. Online I just found a Denso for about $140. I'm not concerned about the fluid because I'm pretty sure the whole system is bone dry. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Aug 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    BamaToy1997 ASE Master Tech Vendor

    Jan 31, 2012
    First Name:
    Navarre, FL
    1997 Tacoma 4X4 AKA "Blue Beast"
    Multi-point tow hooks, new bored 2.7L engine, custom paint. 3 inch adjustable Fabtech front coils, 2.5 inch rear AAL. Front Aussie locker. LED bed lights. Full LED conversion interior and exterior. Relentless Fabrication front and rear bumpers. 4X4innovation sliders. BAMF bed rack. CVT rooftop tent.
    It is not a difficult job at all if the system is empty, and you have a place that will vacuum and charge it for you. In all honesty if you feel comfortable replacing the radiator, then the Condenser is not much different.
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