Friend has a car that got into a light front end collision (no clue how).
AC condenser is curved
Radiator is curved
Radiator/AC condenser bracket is curved
No sharp bends or cracks I can visually see, as well as radiator still holds fluid (so no leak there).
I will be replacing the radiator, bracket, and AC condenser and wanted a proper procedure dealing with the AC system.
My main concern is the AC condenser (watched ETCG’s AC videos, but wanted clarification).
In the most efficient way what series of steps should I take?
-Purchase manifold gauge to test pressure to see if it needs to be evacuated?
-Dye test it? (if its cheaper and just as effective as above)
-If it needs to be evacuated, what type of machine does a shop use? and roughly how much do they charge
-If I have to get it evacuated do I need to do anything besides evacuate it; or do I leave it at atmospheric pressure to do the replacement?
-Replace the AC condenser – cap ends while I replace, oil to lube, and reassemble
-After the replacement I would need to put it under vacuum, then fill with R134a correct?
Ultimately, I know I can replace an AC condenser myself – dealing with purchasing gauges/vacuum pumps etc, is it easier to take it to a shop to evac; take it home make a AC condenser replacement, and bring it back for a recharge?
Any step by step a shop/DIYer would take would be great information before I actually start.
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