Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum - Reply to Topic
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace

Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat > Best Way to change AC Condenser

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    

Thread: Best Way to change AC Condenser Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
What I Drive
Year, color, and model of your car. Example: 2003 Focus Centennial Edition Sedan
Your real name.
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
10-02-2012 09:28 AM
jacjm are some of these replies getting the compresser and condenser confused ??
12-16-2008 11:13 AM
Wagamos Oh, and its not like I just lost a saw on it randomly. We were cutting into my bumper to make room for my intercooler and he slipped and punctured the Condenser. I was less than happy.
12-16-2008 11:11 AM
Wagamos Thanks everyone. Gonna have to do this perty soon hopefully. I thought you technically had to take it somewhere to have the refridgerant done. I didnt realize you could do it yourself.
12-15-2008 08:00 PM
whynotthinkwhynot Replace parts as written above: accumulator, orifice tube, condenser.

Rent or purchase gauges, and rent a vacuum pump. Make sure you read the directions on the vacuum pump.

Replace all O-rings you remove.

Vacuum the system first, make sure it holds -30 psi for 30 mins or so.

You can get oil charges under pressure like refrigerant. Put in the oil charge, then refrigerant as needed. Be sure to ask how much refrigerant and oil your system requires. Most parts stores can look this up. Verify that the oil charge is sufficient, and make sure you are getting enough refrigerant. If you have to buy extra, the general rule for R-134 is somewhere around 35 psi on the low side when cycling.

I'll look up the actual specs for the Focus sometime when the room the manual is in is not occupied by sleepers.
12-15-2008 01:26 PM
aironjack There are several things that you must not forget when doing this. Don't forget to put oil in the compressor, read the instructions for number of ozs. If it is a used one, then just replace the oil.

Change the rings of the compressor before putting it, because it can avoid leaks. When you put it in place.

Vacuum every line. Moisture in the system is a big problem. You can use some chemical cleaner and an air compressor for getting it out.

Replace the expansion valve (orifice tube).

Replace the accumulator, this is something you always want to do when you change you compressor.

Recharge the system using the low port. Before starting the car turn the a/c compressor pulley around 15 times to make the first cycle of circulation and grease your compressor, This step is crucial, if you don't want to start cutting your compressor life in a half.

I did this in my older car once, but I have never done it in my Focus and I hope not to do it. This and your manual should be good enough to do it.
12-15-2008 03:29 AM
thisdude_05 I have to do this too. Is there a how-to somewhere? I'll post up what the haynes manual says.

Be sure to put some oil in the new ac condenser and once you have it bolted up and connected hook up a vaccum pump to it then recharge.
12-15-2008 03:25 AM
iminhell Out the bottom. Drop the rad/cond assy and tilt the top towards the engine. Should slide out fairly well.

Issues. Might find a rouge saw from the sounds of it. lol

Nothing too hard though. Just be sure to use new O-rings.
12-14-2008 06:12 PM
Best Way to change AC Condenser

Whats the easiest way to remove the ac condenser? From the top or bottom? I have a hole in my old one due to saw going through it, got a replacement off of a buddy's wrecked foci and need to swap em over so I can go get a recharge once my car is running.

Also curious of any issues i might run into when I do the swap. Thanks!

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 AM.

Copyright 2002-2015 All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.


Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1