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So my AC compressor is goosed and it's probably down to my war-weary condenser. Both need to be changed.

I'm going to do the condenser myself (saves 27 hours of labour.....!!!), although I'm thinking of doing this via the headlights-off route (below), not clam-off.

Then, once that's done' I'll get a local AC specialist to do a leak check, fit the new Nissens compressor plus dryer, flush and re-gas.

I'll also take the front bumper off and install an additional finer mesh grille, to protect the new condenser.

Anyone got any tips/hints/guides/hard-earned lessons to assist?

Thanks.

 

"To Remove Condenser

1. Remove the RHF wheelarch liner and recover the refrigerant using equipment connected to the service ports at the rear of the wheelarch.

3. Remove the front undertray and both headlamp assemblies (see sub-section BV.4).

4. Remove the radiator air intake duct lower section:
- Release the headlamp powerwash hose from its 'P' clips
- Remove both horns
- Release the ambient temperature sensor from the RH side
- Remove the 2 fixings securing the condenser to the radiator lower mounting brackets
- Remove the 2 edge clips at each side securing the lower duct to the upper duct, and withdraw the lower section.

5. From the RH headlamp aperture, release the clamp plate securing the refrigerant pipes connection.

6. From each headlamp aperture, release the screw securing the top of the condenser to the radiator bracket.

7. At each side, release the single screw securing the bottom of the condenser to the radiator bracket, and withdraw the condenser.

8. Refit in reverse order to removal.
- If a new condenser is fitted, add 30 cm³ of approved refrigerant oil to the system.
- Use new 'O' rings on the pipe connections, and lubricate with refrigerant oil.
- Recharge the system with 0.625 kg of R134a.""

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On 21/08/2018 at 12:44, EGTE said:

So my AC compressor is goosed and it's probably down to my war-weary condenser. Both need to be changed.

I'm going to do the condenser myself (saves 27 hours of labour.....!!!), although I'm thinking of doing this via the headlights-off route (below), not clam-off.

Condenser is 3.  Compressor is 2.5.  Not sure who is quoting you 27...

Dave

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1 hour ago, Hangar 111 said:

Condenser is 3.  Compressor is 2.5.  Not sure who is quoting you 27...

Dave

Must have gone to a Porsche dealer by mistake!

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3 hours ago, Hangar 111 said:

Condenser is 3.  Compressor is 2.5.  Not sure who is quoting you 27...

Dave

Thanks for that. It was an independent Lotus specialist......described it as one of the worst jobs to do! Perhaps they do it the hard way (entire clam off)?

p.s. I never ever go to Porsche dealers!

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For info, have found a competitively priced compressor on eBay. Takes about a week to arrive, which is a lot less than from the USA.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Genuine-NISSENS-Air-Conditioning-Compressor-890144-Top-Quality/192493713948?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

Local Lotus dealer is saying 3 hours to fit condenser now and will do a reduced labour rate in November (quiet period), plus an hour to do compressor. So I'll probably get them to do it all then.

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The engine is actually out of the rav 4 not a camry, the compressors are different. I did a lot of homework identifying the compressor and got an aftermarket one in 2014 for less than that.

This is what I put on the the playground techwiki

 

LOTUS EVORA REPLACEMENT AC COMPRESSOR DETAILS,.

Lotus Part Number A132E6349S Toyota/DENSO Part Number 8832042120 UAC Part number UAC CO 10856C

FROM A USA TOYOTA RAV 4 3.5L V6 2006-2012

The non oem one was $160 + p&p + duty, in all £240 (FROM USA EBAY JUNE 2014). The lotus unit is £1500!

 

Someone else has since posted this:_

I have just bought the same aircon pump from USA total cost including taxes and shipping £219 . Got it fitted and gassed for £100 and working fine , Jason Trevor Nov 2017

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The Nissens also has the following OEM Part numbers:

LEXUS : 8831033250, LEXUS : 8831042270, LEXUS : 8832042120, TOYOTA : 8831006330, TOYOTA : 8831006380, TOYOTA : 8831033250, TOYOTA : 8831042270, TOYOTA : 8832042120, ASHUKI : T55917, BEHR HELLA SERVICE : 8FK351114421, BEHR HELLA SERVICE : 8FK351114921, HELLA : 8FK351114421, HELLA : 8FK351114921, STELLOX : 1080026SX

Also:

NISSENS : 890144, LEXUS : 88310-06330, LEXUS : 88310-06380, LEXUS : 88310-33250, LEXUS : 88310-42270, LEXUS : 88320-42120, TOYOTA : 88310-06330, TOYOTA : 88310-06380, TOYOTA : 88310-33250, TOYOTA : 88310-42270, TOYOTA : 88320-42120, ACR : 134289, ACR : 134289R, AKS DASIS : 852629N, ASHUKI : T559-17, AVA QUALITY COOLING : TOK628, BEHR HELLA SERVICE : 8FK 351 114-421, BEHR HELLA SERVICE : 8FK 351 114-921, DELPHI : CS20280, DENSO : DCP50039, DENSO : DCP50042, HC-Cargo : 241457, HELLA : 8FK 351 114-421, HELLA : 8FK 351 114-921, PRASCO : TOK628, STELLOX : 10-80026-SX, NISSENS : 890144, LEXUS : 8831006330, LEXUS : 8831006380, LEXUS : 8831033250
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On 05/09/2018 at 12:53, 21gg said:

The engine is actually out of the rav 4 not a camry, the compressors are different. I did a lot of homework identifying the compressor and got an aftermarket one in 2014 for less than that.

This is what I put on the the playground techwiki

 

LOTUS EVORA REPLACEMENT AC COMPRESSOR DETAILS,.

Lotus Part Number A132E6349S Toyota/DENSO Part Number 8832042120 UAC Part number UAC CO 10856C

FROM A USA TOYOTA RAV 4 3.5L V6 2006-2012

The non oem one was $160 + p&p + duty, in all £240 (FROM USA EBAY JUNE 2014). The lotus unit is £1500!

 

Someone else has since posted this:_

I have just bought the same aircon pump from USA total cost including taxes and shipping £219 . Got it fitted and gassed for £100 and working fine , Jason Trevor Nov 2017

 

Was informed today that my aircon compressor (replaced by previous owner last year, reconditioned unit) has seized. The price to replace was eye watering so I said I'd get back to the dealer in the morning. I'm assuming that they know to check it's not just a software issue.

So looking at alternatives - the part number above in ebay gives you get a bunch of compressors for around £300 - much better than the Lotus price or the new Toyota price (£900) quoted me today. Question is - does this work? It's not listed as V6 Camry, just V6 RAV-4 and that may be a killer difference...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NISSENS-Air-Conditioning-Compressor-890144/292924179671?epid=1441968894&hash=item4433a444d7:g:wSgAAOSw21NfKyte#vi-ilComp

Thanks for the help! 

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