In this video I show you some of the steps involved in removing and replacing the A/C condenser in this 2005 Chrysler Pacifica.
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49 thoughts on “A/c condenser remove replace : chrysler pacifica”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Langston says:

    Like your channel and the a/c repairs info.

    The demo on water removal was good info.

    When we pull full vac for an hour or more on the a/c system,
    does that pull any left over oil that was in the system from last charge?

    I ask because if we add the spec vol to the new charge and there was left over oil in the system, it would have too much oil in the system.

    Thanks for your time.
    Jack Langston
    Abbotsford BC

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dj Wilson says:

    May I suggest TEKTON tools as well. Great great tools.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Blozen says:

    Eric that demo is bogus, if you get a feal vacuum pump about 5cfm and do your example test in a closed system not open to atmosphere on one side ,you would see that the water would finally freeze at that point the vacuum has a real hard time removing ice from the system . check out some videos on youtube Misterpc

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Blozen says:

    Hello , i have to disagree about your theory about how water in a vacuum reacts , when in a vacuum of 30 inches of vacuum ,the water freezes solid water boils at normal atmospheric pressure of approx 14 psi absolute which is different from 14psi gauge pressure . the gauges read 0psi at normal atmosphere because they are compensated to read 0 when open to normal atmosphere this is 14 psi gauge . when water is in a 30 inch of mercury vacuum it can;t boil you can't change the normal boiling point of 212 f .that's why women use a pressure cooker the higher the pressure the higher the temperature to raise the temp of he water to a higher temp .kind of like the way the cooling system works , by keeping the system at 15psi he coolant won't boil out until about 250 deg f . in a vacuum of 30 in hg water temp is water is -90 deg f and a solid .the water skips he liquid state and goes to a gas state called sublimation like dry ice that goes from a solid to a gas at normal atmospheric pressure . so if you suspect water in an ac system under vacuum you have to use heat lamps of keep engine to induce heat . car a/c systems don;t need to get into the micron range of vacuum but water left in system can cause the orafice tube or txv valve to get blocked . most people think1 hour is a long time to vacuum, but depending how long a system is open to atmosphere it could take muck longer . on this repair you covered the line with paper towels but you didn't seal the lines from air intrusion and all air has moisture even on a 50 % humid day . what usually happens is an open system is the filter dryer absorbs moisture and can become saturated and can no longer remover residual water from system .. The filter dryer should always be replaced when changing the condenser ,especially in this repair , the leak in the damaged system the hole in the condenser had the system open for a long time .many days it looks like . So there was probable a lot of moisture in the system . also I had commented on using pag oil before assemble ,this isn't to make assemble easy ,it;s because you don't want to put in a dry o ring and new condenser is dry . One more thing ,whenever you replace a component on ac system you need to know how much oil that component lost in oil . When changing a compressor you should measure the oil by pouring it out and add same amount to new compressor . I watch your show and i think you are the best mechanic on u tube and i buy your merch . I spent 45 years in communications' and one year at apex tech (remember the commercials) It was a 10 month course .I'm not going off on you at all ,but I know you are a guy who can take constructive criticism and share it with your viewers . If you dispute any thing I said spend some time and look it up . Faithful viewer MisterPc

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Blozen says:

    use pag 46 when reassembly of condenser o rings

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Vorres says:

    I subscribed again !

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bruce Dakin says:

    Working on some real junk there..Your a great mechanic..You breeze right through these tough jobs..

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Fitzpatrick says:

    Very nice Job!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Malikowski says:

    You can teach an old dog new tricks. Thank you for another great video!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yernot Listening says:

    The term for lowering the pressure in a system to remove moisture is called "sublimation ".
    Pulling a vacuum in the system & then letting it rest in a vacuum for a period of time will tell you if you have s leak. If the pressure increases from it's resting state the system has a leak OR still has moisture in the systr6.
    Another way to dry a system is to pull a vacuum & break the vacuum using nitrogen. Then pull a vacuum again & retest.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tex Mex says:

    What happened to the bottom shroud?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vern Toad says:

    That's cool I never knew that

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    As I was going to sleep to sleep I remember you saying to the camera, it's just going to take a little nap then turned to the camera in front t of Trinity and said, like forever. Sharp Trinity whips her head towards him and says, no not forever. Sharp cookie.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars W Greathouse says:

    A $100.+ for a radiator from the local parts store, I can see why she just wants the A/C to cool her temper when the radiator dose go out…. lol

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert McKay says:

    freon isnt hurting anything,and thank goodness for FF

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Ward says:

    love watching your vids. I do some ac work on cars for family and friends. That with the hand vac was the best example I have seen. Keep up the good work.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Bazinet says:

    I have never until today understood the reason for pulling a vacuum on the system. I thought it was to prove system integrity. Your demonstration was great. Thank you very much !

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars geosutube says:

    I sure hope the guy who botched the job sees this and can reflect on the error of his ways. Like he cares, right? At least the guys who work with him see him caught out. They know the score. I wonder if he is the same with everything in his life.\\

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Latarian HoodRat says:

    Eric! This is Latarian from the future! Hold onto your hat because 2019 is gonna suck ass!!!

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Scott says:

    Good video. Enjoy you sharing your tools

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger Veium says:

    Better than Bob Nye – the science guy!

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Did you Check to see if the the cooling fan relay that caused the damage still worked or if the one attached to bumper crush plate was truly bad Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars john t says:

    Sweet air-conditioning vac/charge/oil add machine.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Seen some lazy and dishonest mechanics in my time…..they never stay in business for an extended period of time. This customer would have a good case if she decided to sue the mechanic that caused this problem. I still use Napa tools, (Blackhawk), western auto tools and torque wrench and some tools dad used on Ford Tractors.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars antonio3294 says:

    Thank you for your videos
    I’m always looking on videos on the Chrysler Pacifica 2005
    On my stuff frame

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Ridley says:

    So where do you get TopTul in the US?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bennyblanko3 says:

    Zip ties, duct tape, and bailing wire … hey brother – I heard you hit an elk this morning – yeah, he duct taped the headlight on pretty good … good clean country living … thanks for the video – and my brother did hit an elk a couple days ago … so there you have it … confirmed by my friend that he did tape it up good … heh heh … still a couple weeks left of elk season … come on down …

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Knorr says:

    With water, every pound of pressure on the surface raises the boiling point of the water 3 degrees ferenh

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ben says:

    Seeing that relay dangling from the harness made my blood boil.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Michlewicz says:

    Nice long video

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg M says:

    Ironically I had a similar problem. My 1996 Astro van had been in an accident. The airbag on one side was taped up to the visor with packaging tape. Should have been dead giveaway. The horn bolts were loose and the horn would hit the ac condenser on rough roads. I ordered a used condenser from a salvage yard on eBay. Great deal and perfect!. I had to replace one of those pipes with the oring. The salt really ate up the aluminum. That cost me about 80 bucks. I also removed the compressor and changed the PAG oil. This system also had a dessicant in the receiver? I replaced it . It had a metering device like a pen also replaced. That system gave me some of the coldest ac !!. I loved my Astro…

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars briq4 says:

    Awesome video as usual but your rechargeable drill with the light that only comes on when you use it is annoying. I have a Makita impact and drill that have a led light that stays on a bit after you’ve used the tool. Guess I’m spoiled now.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Villere says:

    5 more minutes and the cooling fan relay could have been done right, we use a cordless right angle drill with a short bit to drill out the rivets, and then put short self tappers in their place. It’s simple and easy.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Barry Gordon says:

    Very good demo on water boiling at a lower pressure Eric, explained well and quite clear. 👍

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Blake says:

    I like your style👍🏻

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ALEX says:

    Old video but my man astro tools is less then a 1/3 rd the cost of toptul . Guess they were cheap years ago but 390$ for a 42pc 1/4' drive kit 😲. Ill stick with the astro. That you turned me onto.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom says:

    Enjoyed the vacuum demonstration! Great video!

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars untidyman says:

    Thanks Eric that was great.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars darkwing4 says:

    That screw driver bit is for installing sheet-rock screws,,,, Try it,,, and see,,, 🙂

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars darkwing4 says:

    I was hoping you would try and explain to people about non-condesables,,, he he,, 🙂

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dr_ 5150 says:

    I think your snap on flex head ratchet need a new ball in it . That shouldn't be that hard to get a socket on

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Carney says:

    Nice work, I like to pull a vacuum for about 10 minutes. Turn off the vacuum pump and watch the vacuum needle on the A/C machine. If their is a leak ANYWHERE in the A/C system I will know in 10 minutes and not an hour latter. Your demonstration on why an hour of evacuation was great. We need the hour because the moisture is really trapped in the A/C oil and the A/C desiccant bag. That's where the moisture is hidden. Sure is a shame the owner did not authorize a radiator! A $10,000 engine is at risk! Take care,

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J J says:

    Hey Eric O. How do you not get too far into your job and if you see something and not feel bad for the customer. Like if I owned a place and I was in to that job seeing the radiator leaking I'd say pay for the part and coolant and waive the labor since I would be in there. Maybe you did do that off camera. But previous shops lackluster abilities to do work and slap shit together I'd feel horrible and want to help them out more.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Bowen says:

    That was an excellent example of a liquid being brought to gas/vapor thru vaccum. Cant wait to try that.fairly safe experimenting (:

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars notrut says:

    But, But, But in the pecking order of importance, the coolant rad is more important than the A/C!
    Some owners have NO logic.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Woods says:

    I just don’t get when “mechanics” try to beat flag time.. if you get paid to do a condenser and it pays 3.5hrs like stated. It’s takes you .5 to take the bumper off and on, .7 to remove trans cooler and condenser, and .7 to pull a vacuum and recharge… you won all day. I understand shit happens stuff breaks, you might not have all the tools for a specific job whatever.. but come on you can’t win on every job.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike White says:

    what brand is your AC leak detector?