How do i replace a 306 Condensor?

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How do i replace a 306 Condensor?

Post by DHallworth » 08 Aug 2006, 02:48

Got the new condenser this afternoon.

Was just wondering what the best way to fit it is.

Car is a 2000 HDI 306.

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Post by RichardW » 08 Aug 2006, 08:07

I think you have to remove the radiator first - which might be a pig if it's got the silly connection on the bottom hose. You might also find the bottom of the rad is rusted out, and this is a good time to change it. You can then remove the condenser , but you need a special tool to break the joint at the outlet end. Check carefully also the pipe from the compressor to the condenser - these rot out where they are clamped to the front cross member.
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Post by DHallworth » 09 Aug 2006, 01:03

thanks for the reply!

I have already replaced both of those pipes, but didn't anticipate the condensor going aswell!!

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Post by alan s » 09 Aug 2006, 01:45

Keep any signs of moisture away from it when the system is opened, be sure to use new green "O" rings and if it lost all it's gas in a rush when it went or if it has been driven in the elements with the hole in the condensor, fit a new receiver dryer at the same time (fitting new "O" rinds to it as well.
Might sound a bit extravagent but these systems are so touchy as regards moisture contamination, look upon this more as an investment than an expense.
Regards fitting, usually on most cars you can slacken the radiator and move it to and fro to gain access; I don't know the set up on your Pug, but often it's a case of pegs sitting into grummets at the bottom and a couple of bolts holding a plate across the top. Usually fairly simple and self explanatory when you look at it closely.


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Post by DHallworth » 09 Aug 2006, 22:57

thanks for the advice.

I bought a new drier at the same time. £12 from ECP.

I got quoted around £60 - £70 to have the condensor changed from a local garage today. Dont know what to do, i might just take him up on it then its done.

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