How are you doing folks?!
Whew.... that was a loooong day for me. Got my a/c condenser replaced today.
Had posted my troubles in this thread:
Used Aycee's instructions (Great thanks to him for the input!) as per his 320 and it was a little different on my 230. I had to remove loooooots of stuff. You need 2-3 hours of time and some patience. I also replaced all O-rings that were on my way. I must say they were in a really good shape. Shouldn't have worried about them.
Ok, are you ready?!
And a few extra pictures
1) Jack up the car or use ramps. First you need to drain the coolant. Really simple. There's a red drain plug on the bottom. To save yourself from mess I recommend finding a piece of rubber hose that would fit the draining point. Snap it in, remove the coolant reservoir cap, unscrew red drain plug and give it about 5 minutes to drain. Then press couple times on the top coolant hose to push some leftovers out to prevent from dripping when we disconnect the back hose from the bottom of the coolant reservoir. Yes, we will need to remove the coolant reservoir too
2) Next we need to disconnect two hose holders from the back of the radiator fan. Also, there's also one clip on the bottom in the middle of the radiator fan. The hose simply snaps into it. Watch for it!
3) Loosen the retaining ring and disconnect both top coolant hoses (small and large) from the engine.
4) Remove two T20 torx screws from the MAF to remove the MAF pipe
5) Undo two clips on the bottom of this pipe and remove the MAF pipe.
6) Undo two 10mm bolts that hold the coolant reservoir.
7) Loosen the retaining ring that holds the coolant hose to its bottom. Remove this coolant hose. Watch for any coolant in there!
8) Remove the coolant level sensor. You can do it two ways: either try to unplug it. Or, in my case the plug was too tight and I just twisted the sensor (counter-clockwise) and removed it from the coolant reservoir.
9) Disconnect the radiator fan.
10) Remove two metal clips that hold the radiator fan to the radiator itself
11) Now simply pull up the radiator fan and put it aside.
12) Loosen the retaining ring that holds the top coolant hose to the radiator and remove this hose.
13) Disconnect the two air conditioning pipes. One is 19mm. The other one is much bigger. Use handy tools. NOTE: BE very careful when tightening these lines back to the new condenser! It's aluminum - it's fragile... =) Be very cautious!
14) While in there remove two 10mm bolts from the rubber support (can be seen from the 1st picture)
15) Remove two clips that hold the radiator to the body frame.
16) Push the top of the radiator towards the engine.
17) Remove two 10mm bolts that hold the a/c condenser to the radiator.
18) Now we need to remove the lower part of the MAF pipe. Undo two 10mm bolts .
19) Loosen the retaining ring on the bottom of this pipe and take it out.
Sort of general view:
20) Take the cover off the air filter to give yourself a little more room. Then remove the plastic air guide.
Ooops... reached my 10,000 word limit. On to the next post!