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Hello everybody! Good day to you! Welcome back! Glad you guys are here I know I'm glad to be here. You guys should remember this: Uh Chevrolet Tahoe uh, 5.3 liter uh from earlier last week. It was here because our customer thought he he needed a transmission and uh, we found out that he does not need a transmission. The thing was misfiring and it was not running properly and therefore since a torque output was reduced, it was not shifting properly at 151 000.

Oh, it's gone 151 104 miles on the odometer. You may recall that uh during that tune-up diagnostic procedure I found out that the Uh or one of the complaints was the AC was uh, underperforming and I recharged it and I threw some dye in there. It's been a couple days. So what I'm going to do is uh, get the UV black light out and we're going to take a look around at the system to see if we cannot identify the presence of said die to uh, determine if this thing has leaked down or not.

I'm pretty sure there's a leak somewhere because when I got a hold of it, it had like .364 pounds of refrigerant in the system and uh, it requires much much more than that I forget the exact amount but it was extremely low. It was more low than I would have expected from something small like a leaking Service Port valve. So uh, I kept it here for an extra couple days and now we're gonna go ahead and take a look and see if we cannot see uh where the leak is at. So stay tuned because this is going to be a very good video powering down happening.

Z Hood during the intro break I Had this thing running again and it's still making cold which tells me that if there is a leak, it's fairly small. Let us pop anything seafood and uh, see if we can't detect uh, the presence of uh said leak I Have here my ultraviolet black light LED emitter that there. It's not as bright as you uh as it looks on camera, but it's pretty bright. It should show us any presence of the ultraviolet reactive dye.

So what we'll do. come over here to the service ports first because there's still some dye left over. Actually, hang on. Hang on here.

let's turn the light off. There we go. There's still some dye left over from uh, when I sprayed it off and when we refilled it, you can see a little bit on the cap right there. You can see some on the hose.

Let's pull one of the Caps off the valves. Yep, see that die left over. That's what we're looking for, but not here. We know the leak is not centralized here so what I'll do.

We're just going to follow the line down I Don't see anything down below at the compressor? Yeah. I can see the compressor face from here I Don't know if you guys can see it or if the light reacts on cam and I'm looking at the compressor I see the face of it I see the uh, the area behind the pulley. Nothing leaking there? Uh I've got a visual from this angle right here of the uh, the manifold. I See nothing leaking there? That's good.

so nothing in the obvious locations here. See if there's a any Ac lines on this side? Yeah, there's an AC line down there. Again, nothing reacting to it. Let's take a look at the front at the condenser and see if we can see what we're trying to see.
Let's see here. Oh whoa, There we go. We got a winner. We got a winner.

See the green. look at the light back on it. There it is. See that green right there? that's a leaker for sure.

Let me get a a regular light. We'll go in there and take a look and see what that's about. There we go. Regular lumens to the Rescue All right.

So we're looking at that area right there and we can see that there's the receiver dryer slash accumulator, that little tank that runs up vertically along the condenser and you see that little weld right right there that is actually the port that goes from the core tank on the condenser into the uh, accumulator, receiver dryer and down here there's the second. Port See that there now I Recall these things having an issue with thermal cycling where the little weld in there would crack and pause the leak and the repair is to replace the Uh condensing unit. So let me go get that thing ordered and uh, and we'll go from there powering down one more time. So again.

Okie Dokes the component is ordered. it will. uh, it'll be here soon. it's in stock, it's available, it's local.

Let's go ahead and start taking this thing apart. Uh, while we wait for this new one to show up, I'm hoping I can get this thing apart before the uh, the new one arrives. but uh, but we'll see. Come here.

Uh, that one's too big for uh for those bits I need a smaller one there? there's my small one. Try this again there. Yeah, those guys. just pop that clip.

Up Do it twice and we repeat: I've got to pull this top cover off of the uh, the cooling package and bend that we can get to the access bolt to the V cooling package and disconnect it and remove it now. I'm supposed to remove the entire assembly I Uh, I think I can sneak that condenser out without uh, fully disassembling everything, trying to save some money by avoiding replacing engine coolant. But uh, we'll see maybe I have to do it the hard way. Maybe I can, uh, maybe I can cheat just a wee little bit.

Let's get all this stuff out of here. I'm not a there's like 10 000 clips from here. Put it there you go. Where's the next one's next set up top.

okay, panel is unclipped. Let's pull this thing aside and look at that. We have like no more access to anything than we did before. That's awesome modern engineering.

Yeah, this is going to be interesting. I'll have to take more apart than uh than I thought. I have not uh replaced one of these condensers since I was at the dealership. they had a very high failure rate.

Surprised this one lasted so long in the wild. So I think first things first is I'm going to have to pull this intake tubing off of the engine because I'm gonna need to unbolt the cooling package from its core support and I'll have to lean it back to, uh, gain some access fasteners for the condenser. All right. moving back some we can see there's a 113 mil bolt right here holding on to the the radiator and there's another one on the other side.
So let's pull these guys out next and that's gonna allow us to lean the cooling package back. Come here next. The trouble is is this condenser I believe bolts onto the radiator from the front side of it and we can't get to the front side of it. It's a highly labor intensive operation.

I Also think I need to remove this air box right here. There we go because it's in the way and I won't be able to get the uh, that's not okay. Look at that. screws are destroyed on this air box.

All right. Anyway, as I was saying, I won't be able to lean this cooling package back with this air box in the way. So I'm going to go ahead and pull this thing out of here if I can get it to come out. Oh, it's got a rubber grommets to secure it to the body.

There we go. Pop this thing out. I'll have to fix that. uh, that other stuff later.

Yeah, yeah, she's in there. Yeah, let me go ahead and pull this thing out now. Two hands. gotta use two hands.

Alrighty, now we have like a little bit of access to what's going on here. The cooling package is kind of loose, so what I need to do is actually go fetch the machine. We need to recover the refrigerant back out of this thing. Otherwise I won't be able to disconnect it.

Uh, we're also going to have to disconnect the transmission lines from the condenser because the condenser also has an integrated transmission cooler. It's the thing that they do. It's a take one part or two parts and condense it down into one part no pun intended on the condensing. Anyway, let's uh, Dad jokes.

let's go ahead and get this thing connected and powered on and it will recover the refrigerant and then we can go back to some disassembly action. I'm running out of a extension cord things here on my multi-socket extension cubes. There we go. Power this thing on.

Come here. swing those guys around. We'll reconnect these one more time, recover, and then I can continue working while the machine's doing its deed. There we go.

I Hear the refrigerant flowing. See you buddy! have a good day afternoon, evening, weekend. one of those all right machine begin recovering. Now that's also going to let us know how much has leaked out over the past few days.

Let's make both hoses. Yeah, blah blah. Okay So got a condenser line right down here. so the fitting right or transmission line I should say that's the transmission line.

that's one of them and the other one is on this side over here. those are going to be fairly easy to remove I've got a bolt and an AC line way down down here. I Can actually get to that by reaching around. we can disconnect the AC line right here.
No, no, that's trans. Where's that other AC line at? Maybe they're on this side I Really don't remember. Anyway, I'll find them, they're in there somewhere. We need to take this plastic shroud apart that just Clips onto the top of the radiator.

No. I cannot remove this. uh, this upper radiator support right here. It does not come off very unfortunate.

It would have been very a very easy job if they just made this thing bolt on like right here and right here. But this is one solid ginormous piece bolted down to the frame. so I can't remove it. Not even going to try I've already been down that road.

so what I'm going to do is we're going to slide this guy back in package. I'll pull it out of its lower mounts. So now I can get some access to this plastic shroud piece and we can disconnect that. it's just held on with little Clips so a slight amount of upward pressure come here.

Really gonna make a liar out of me way. screwdriver, fry, driver, fry screwing device here. Um, out shroud there we go. Okay, shroud is loose now I can't pull it out that way.

it doesn't fit so it needs to come forward and then I have to turn it. There's also Clips on either end of it that secure it to the uh, the rest of the shroud of gravity. I dropped it. no worries and then we can just kind of slip this guy out.

right through here we go. This has got to go back on later. So I'm gonna put it right up here. so I don't forget it now.

I Can see the front of the condenser I can see all my plastic shrouds. We can work around that later. Let's go ahead and get the transmission lines disconnected. I Think Okay I need to go ahead and pull this tray out right here because I need to reach under it.

the uh, the lines for the condenser are underneath the frame rail thing right here, so it'll be easier to reach if this thing is no longer present. Let's just pull this guy out. Should be four. Yeah, just four bolts.

You go pull that thing out. Yeah and I Still can't see it? Never mind. there's a I don't remember that. Anyway, the lines are right here.

We'll get to those later. Okay, so while, uh, while that machine's recovering the refrigerant, let's pop the power steering lines off. We're just gonna get behind the little Clips I Said power steering transmission lines off. We're gonna get behind the clips.

pull the little Clips out the there is a release tool for these, but I like to just take the clip out. it's just my way. Okie Dokes Now that clip is out. I'm gonna gently just get a hold of this kind of pry on it, pop it out and we can set that aside.

It's one of the trans cooler lines, not power steering. Okay, we have moved over to the driver's side and that's where the other transmission not power steering line is located. So I will remove this one in the same fashion. We'll just get behind that little clip without stabbing my finger.
That would hurt I Love getting injured at the beginning of a tight job. That's always fun. Pull that out there. we go.

clip number two. same protocol going there with the pliers and just kind of encourage that to come out. We've got our fluid spillage going on right there. No matter it's gonna happen.

Okay We now need to go all the way back to the passenger side again. That's what I was trying to re. Oh, you can't see there's a hose in the way. Hang on.

hang on here. I'm trying. It's hard to see. So right? Uh, right here.

you still can't see. Hang on. let's try over here. Uh, nope.

Not working. It's not working there. it is. now.

You can see that little stud right there on that manifold. I Need to get that 13 millimeter bolt off. That's the manifold that goes to the condenser. So I've got I've got the bolt on it for the socket on the bolt rather.

I need to reach in and, uh, get a hold of that guy. This is. this is the part that's hard one of them and I'm just gonna ratchet that 13 mil nut off of the stud and that's going to disconnect the AC manifold from the condenser itself and once that's removed, still can't see. there we go once.

I Get that thing off. We can unbolt and unclip the condenser and then sneak it out. Let's go ahead and pull this off. Not not very fun.

Okay, it's loose as it's gonna get with the tool now. I Must reach way down in there. Pull that guy off. There we go.

I am a contortionist. Okay, and then I can grab a hold of that line and wiggle the line loose. It's under a vacuum from the machine come out and I can't reach it from the other side because that silly little plate thing is there. Wiggle wiggle, There we go.

Okay, that's off. and then the bottom line. That one pops out. Okay, so the AC system is now disconnected from the condenser.

or the condenser is disconnected from the AC However, you want to look at it. So now we have a bracket down there. Get some light on the subject. See that 10 mil bolt way down there on that little side bracket thing? There it is.

I need to go in there and then disconnect that bolt. That bolt holds a bracket and that bracket holds the condenser lines to the radiator. So I need to get that thing out Now that feet will be accomplished with a little stubby ratchet and some more contorting of the wrist. I Need to slip myself down inside of here and get a hold of that fastener and just kind of work that thing loose until it comes out moving along.

Once that thing is off, we're almost entirely disconnected. We're getting there there it is. Pull that guy out and then I need to reach back in. and I'm going to remove that little bracket if I can get it to come off of the lines.

it makes it easier to uh to sneak this assembly out through this little hole right here. Get that bracket is off which I don't know if I can get it and I can get it off on the Silverados but I don't know about the Tahoes here. Hmm, maybe not. it's it's pretty stuck.
Well I can always. Oh, you know what? this wiring harness is in the way. That's the deal. Move that aside or rotate it here.

Come on. this whole truck's making a liar out of me. There we go. Got it.

That was violent and I dropped it? Yeah, there's our little bracket right there. Okay, so again, looking down through these little holes, we can see there's a tab on the condenser and then this little clip right here on the radiator. We have to depress that clip and then pull the condenser up to, uh, slide it off of that, uh off the clip and then I'll do the same thing on the other side. So let's figure out how I'm going to achieve this from here.

All right, Reaching in with my little uh, trim tool pry thing here, just gonna give that a pry and then I'm gonna pull up on the condenser. We're gonna slip it out of that little bracket right there. See that, see how it comes out. Now the key is going to be keeping it out while I do the same thing over here on the driver's side and if I can get them both to come out, then I can maneuver the thing out and uh, we can prep it for the new one to go in.

All right. going back in with trim tool. again. Loud, Noisy.

Not for me. We're gonna push that tab back, pull up on the unit. There we go. it's It's sort of freeish now.

I need to pull it up a little bit more. Let's get you guys out of here. Okay, I need to pull it up a little bit more. and it is three mostly.

except for some trim pieces here. Hang on. Lots of maneuvering and wiggle action come out please. Oh I've got to pull those side trim panels off.

Also, that's uh, forgot about those. Hang on here. they they kind of just snap on. let me get in that hole.

There we go. That one's loose. one more on the other side. All right.

So I've got the condenser free of the radiator now. we need you turn it, angle it, wiggle it, and then make space for that angled hose assembly that was on the other side. So you guys are going to stay there while I kind of fiddle with this thing. this is not really it can do.

induced beer for filming, come out all the way out. Come on with it. Almost got her here. She comes beautiful out.

Okay now for all the naysayers that say I just ruined this radiator. It's fine, there's no damage to it. We didn't scrape or scratch or damage or destroy anything. No problem there.

Over here at our condenser. now that it's out and in the light. see that Hue of a liquid right here and right here? That right there is where the leak occurs right there at that little welded seam thing. This one down here doesn't do it.

It only seems to do it on this top one right here. Very strange. Oh, another cool fun fact about these things. So we have a transmission cooler here and then this section down here is the condenser.
Look what they did in order to separate. Uh I Guess there was like an issue with these things where this used to be one tank and it's capped off on the insides and with the thing being connected it was getting some kind of a heat transfer problem and it was I think it was heat soaking the condenser through the transmission cooler through this little pipe right here. So what they did is they went in and just took a saw and cut that pipe. Um I actually have a video when I uh back in the day when I didn't know about them cutting that as a factory issue and I found some of these brand new out of the box.

They looked like they were cut up with like a chop saw. I'll go ahead and put a link to that video down in this video's description. You guys have got to see that it's it's insane what kind of brand new parts we're rolling off the assembly line when the new one shows up. I'm going to check it and see if they cut it with a saw or if the uh if the aftermarket has changed this design any to improve what's going on here but we can see this is that's transmission side right here and then this part down here below that is the condenser.

again like I said two parts reduced down to one part number. hey 1-800 Radiator Not sponsored has arrived. They brought me a condensing unit and some candy girl takes candy leaves. Parts ooh Smarties Also not sponsored.

All right. let's get this thing busted open and we're going to inspect it for uh, that GM claw that's inherent in the design. Let's see if the aftermarket has fixed that or not. No, I did not buy a Delco part because the Delco condenser is like 700 and this one is not.

So we're going with this one. Plus the Delco part has the flaw in it. So why would we put a a flawed part or replace the flawed part with another flawed part? That's just silly. it's not.

uh, not a smart maneuver. come out box. maybe if I uh straddle it from there we go. Got it? See what they did? Oh, hang on.

look at that. See, the aftermarket doesn't take theirs and cut it in half with a chop saw? Good job guys. All right. let's uh on.

zip. Tie all this stuff right here. Get right there. Goodbye Another goodbye.

You hear me? Stop it there. Get rid of that. That's our stud that goes in there. We're gonna need that later.

This is actually more clearly defined than the factory unit. Also, see the larger fins here for the trans cooler and then the smaller ones. and we can even see where the spot welds are where they welded in at the uh, the little block off plates inside of these tubes right here. And they seem to have improved the the method in which the receiver dryer attaches to the Core We're still stuck.
Start becoming unstucker. Yeah, look look how beefy that is right there compared to but not beefiness of this one over here. Yep, see that that one is small. This one is large.

That one has a hole chopped in it. Yeah, right there. This one does not. Good job.

100 Radiator not sponsored. Okay, so now what I need to do is remove these little pieces of shroud right here. Again, they just kind of clip on to slide these guys off, slide them on to the new unit, and then we get this thing maneuvered down in front of the radiator and then bolt it back together. So yep, see how they just kind of pop on and off.

Take this one, slip it on over, slide it on. it, just kind of hangs out right there and repeat on the uh, the other side. this one around that little manifold block. Oh, you guys can see what I'm doing.

That one goes around a little manifold thing and now we can discard that old unit, new one. slide that thing run away. just like. so.

put it around the tank, flip it on. Now we're ready to go back into the vehicle. Moving back up here, let's see if this thing is, uh, holding air or not. All right.

That's how you know it's good. It's like Tupperware there we go. Get rid of those. don't need them all, right condenser.

Coming back in. This is going to require a little bit more grace just because I don't want to scratch it and damage the fins and all that stuff. It's going to slide her on down, pushing the radiator back and I need to contend with that little angled hose piece. That's that's really the only problem here is that piece.

but it's in. We're good mostly. What are you stuck on? AC line. Hang on that same way there.

Now it's knocked a little too far this way. Go back up. slide it over as much dirt in there dirt in the radiator. No worries.

I'll hose that out later so condensers in and pick it up and slip it into its little brackets. and then we can reverse procedure and get this thing. uh, bolted down. Those brackets are slipped in.

See these ones down here. I Know the visual uh. stimulation on this particular job is kind of terrible. It's close quarters combat, so we've got.

uh, you guys see. Yep, there's the notch in the little bracket thing. the little clip. Slide that down that's in place and repeat over here on this other side.

Just gonna go ahead and push it down. come on all the way down. bring it in there. Uh, it's close close but no cigar I need to align little plastic shroud thing a little better.

Hang on. that one's not straight and this one's not as straight as it could be. There we go. Now it's in.

Give it a push right there. Good No, not good. It didn't seat all the way. One more one more good push here.

Get down in there. I Think that's it. Yeah, right there. Okay, now that that unit's fully seated, let's go ahead and plug in our transmission cooler lines.
Get that stuff reconnected. It's gonna be fun. Get in there and fit. come on you raw way.

So getting this ends is going to be a little bit harder than taking it out because the clip is still in it. So I figure if I just give it some Wiggles it'll snap in I think that was it? Yeah, yeah, that's in position. Let's put our little plastic thing back over and then uh and go over here to the driver's side and repeat with that line. After that, you put the top shroud back in, then both the unit back to the radiator core support.

Let's see where's that other line at? There you are. We'll see you down there and I know you're thinking this is horrible, but this job's really not that bad. Gravity: Once you realize it, this job is terrible and uh, you just want to suffer through it I want the once you get over that and stop denying it, it'll be all right. So that we got a bit of a fitment issue here, it doesn't want to to line up so I'm gonna try to uh see if I can't pry this up just a slight bit to get it to a line.

Oh I think it came out of its bracket? No worries, we'll put the line in and set it down in the bracket. Slight fitment issue. It is aftermarket. What are you gonna do? There's advantages and disadvantages this: I Think this video is displayed slightly better built yet.

Specs are also slightly off. If I can just push it in trying to push it with my trim tool. There we go. That worked.

That was nice. Here's our little plastic guy without that plastic thing going on. Then that means that the uh, the metal clip in there has not fully seated and the line is not attached properly. And if it's not attached properly, it'll come off while you're driving and then pump all the trans fluid out of the cooler and then ruin your transmission.

and that would be bad. Okay, upper shroud East We're going in next. Cut this thing out well, regardless of how I took it out. I Know how it's going to go in.

Just like this: The bird snap that guy in. there's snaps on the sides and then you guys remember the snaps up here at the top begin snapping and the side. Little Wing snaps. Get that one on there we go and then one more.

right over here, right down below us. Oh, that one's already in good. Okay, beautiful. So now I'm going to swing this thing back forward, back forward and get the bolts set up and tighten her down.

That was easy. nice. I love it when things become easy easier than they should be now. I Still got to connect the uh the AC line down at the bottom I'll get to that in a moment actually.

no, no I need to leave this out so I can put the uh, that little bracket guy back on. Oh no I Almost forgot that that's actually necessary. We need to have that thing so we're gonna snap you in like that and hook it down. That's how it goes.

Okay, hope you guys see. I Never mind I Know you can't see. that's ridiculous what we're talking about. 100 ridiculous here.
Tell you what this is going to take two hands to get this lined up. Let me set you guys down like over here and uh I'll be back for you in a minute. Okay, there we go. Yeah, you guys just hang out right there see if I can't get this thing in.

uh, snaps like that's the screw side. so we hook in. go that way. Okay I Remember I Think this is like the hardest part is this little bracket.

Definitely the hard part. It's on. Make sure it's on at the bottom because it kind of hooks and rocks into both of those lines and it needs to. It needs to connect with both of them.

otherwise the bolt doesn't line up. I Think that's it. Okay, here's the 10 mil. I'm not ready for that because it's not lined up.

Oh, we've got to do it again. Ding I'm doing everything I Just did because I Love my job I'll do it twice there now. I Can get that 10 mil in there. Get that guy started.

ratchet coming in. Tighten that one down. there's the 10 and then there's going to be that. 13 for the manifold lines that connect the Uh compressor to the condenser.

Come on, get tight. Run out of space. Close Quarters Combat a little more and it's getting tight Here we go and feel it. There's my finger click got her.

We need some 13 millimeter action on the two studs. Kicks another one right over here. Okay, cooling package has now been re-secured. The only thing we really lack is the uh, the hose down here and then we can Evacuate The system.

This hose is actually two hoses. One of them, that one plugs in right there at the bottom, then the second one. you didn't see that second one. The first hose sits right here and then it bolts onto the the manifold.

the block there. You guys will never forgive me if I don't put any new seals on this. The condenser did not come with any. but I happen to have the AC Master kit which will come with new new seals.

So let's see here. AC Master Kit: Where are my seals? It's in here? No um no. I Guess my master Kit's not very masterful. Yes, there they are.

That's what I'm looking for I need this one, the little guy and then I need this one, that's the medium one There we go in the bar, see that move through the Matrix That was cool, got him. Okay now put those new seals over the line nipples right there and the little one right there swinging back around and we can plug these guys back in to the manifold on the condenser. See that down there and this one is going to slide over. There we go.

Okay, so in the past 20 minutes, I've already lost the stud that came with the new condenser. I'm just going to use the one of the old condenser. so I just need to get this little stud down in there, thread that thing in and then we'll get the nut on. and as soon as I get that nut tightened down, we can.
uh, get the AC system recharged and uh, this thing should be almost good to go. Like we're getting close. Okay, studs bottomed out. I think my nut I left it.

Nope, Nope, there it is. I knew it was up there. There's the nut and reach down and get myself carpal tunnel syndrome here. Get this thing on spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and I'll finish that off with the 13 socket click and on There we go.

All right, reaching in again I just need to get a little bit of torque on that 13. nut and then we'll go ahead. and uh, get the rest of this, uh, minor stuff put back together. Um I Was looking at that air box and I uh I actually can't do anything to repair that air box.

I'll show you in a second. Let's start the uh oh. Look at that recovered 1.883 pounds of refrigerant that is less than what goes in it. Vacuum, blah blah blah You said what did go in this? where's the spect thing at? Oh, there's that was the sticker.

Oh no no, there's the sticker. No. 0.92 2 milligrams. so 0.92 times 2.2 that's 1.8 Actually, that was pretty close.

it was actually very close. Anyway, back to Uh back to this air box business. I can't do anything about repairing that with Uh with another screw because they've actually broken away the top of the lid here. So the only option that I really have is to just toss some zip ties on that and use those to secure the thing the actual repair would require The Replacements up the lid.

but I don't have another lid. but I do have zip ties so I'll just use some of those to secure that thing a little bit better. We're gonna have to use the white ones I don't want to sacrifice black zip ties because these are going to be removed at some point. So I'll just zip tie it with the high Vis zip ties.

That way we know. The question is Do I have the single-handed skills to operate a zip tie with one arm? No. It's like a new new challenge around here. One-handed zip ties? Come on.

you can do it. You can do it. Ray Yeah, Look at that one-handed zip tie. see that's how I I developed those skills I Just decided to see if it was possible.

Then when I found out it was possible. I just kept doing it because the reality is is I was uh so right-handed like as a child that I could do almost nothing left-handed and it bothered me. So I started trying to do lots of different things left-handed and now I have left-handed skills I kind of I can't rhyme with my left hand or anything like that, but uh I tried. but I can do other things I can definitely do other things like operate pliers and zip ties snap I like it when you cut a zip tie off and then it kind of flies off like a rocket.

That's kind of cool to me. Yes! I really am still six years old in my head. Oh look, there's the stud that I couldn't find. Save that for later! Okay, so all I need to do now is just get this air box in position here.
It's got little uh, rubber grommets that fit in two holes. Oh I'm ahead of myself I can't believe it I forgot the panel that I removed. so terrible I'm not. It's end of day.

it's like 6 30. I'm here late to get this thing done. I I've lost my ability to think properly and clearly hey now we can see the grommets there. They are four bolts.

Some grommets put that one in there. that one another. Okay, now now we're in a position to put this air box thing back in. We'll slip it in past all the uh, the hoses now.

I Just need to line up those grommets down there. You guys see them. but I can't now. Despite how much I feel like I was going to show off, there's no way I'm going to get all that lined up with one arm which is not not doable.

I'm aware of my my limitations for the most part I think that's lined up, that one's lined up I'm feeling them. Go in. there we go good now. I can connect my mass airflow connector that's the mass airflow and intake air temperature sensor all in one component I guess that's the new GM thing hybrid mini Parts into like one part saves on the parts count says I says GM says modern Manufacturing that stuff goes over there now.

360. we can get our Intel Plumbing reinstalled this I can do one-handed it's gonna be great. Plug in the tube right there, plug in the throttle body right here. good, Snap that in good, snap that in, looks good and tighten the clamps and then I've just got this cover a recharge and we're good to go.

What are you looking at? Nothing? Nothing. So hey, if you're gonna hang out over here, um why don't you? uh, grab that piece of plastic on the floor in front of you and then come over here and put it on this. uh on this Tahoe I could do that. See how it goes? Yep, how's it Go like this? Like like this? Really? No, No.

I think you're a little off on that one. Sweetheart, you can do it. There's some clips around here for it. Somewhere too.

like like this. we're getting it. I Think we can do it? I think I know With my encouragement and guidance I'm sure you can think it. You gotta do it.

You're close. Um, the clips are. Oh, they're in that red thing right there. That's where they are.

One more. uh, one more hose. Plant fingers. Yes.

use your hands. put them looking right here there. That wasn't right I was there doing six things with once at once with one hand. I'm using her hand.

doesn't matter which is there actually two-piece uh pins? Look, let me show you is the bottom side of the pin. So you put that in and then this is the other half to not be connected. Got it? You can just push that one down in there. There you go.

Now most of them are there, just set up, not taken apart. Yeah, yeah. do that and we're almost done vacuuming. Two minutes and 42 seconds to go.

That's plenty of time for me to get my my driver out of there and my impact out of there and my flashlight out of there. Then we can recharge this thing and uh and then go home. Okay, got the tool tray out of there Those bolts are not for this car. that's for some other stuff and he's throwing away.
but I don't throw away Fasteners Uh. Vacuum is complete. We're holding a good vacuum. This is good.

Let's go ahead and recharge this thing. Make sure it comes back to life. Charge: Now the sticker is in. Uh, because no, it's not.

The sticker is in kilograms. So we need to charge this in kilos. I believe it was Uh, 0.92 Oh, there it is. Yeah, 0.92 kilograms.

It's 920 grams Metric math. So let's switch that to metric kilograms. Zero Zero Nine Two Begin charging. Now you hear me? It's charging.

And as soon as that thing is done, we can restocking Z engine. In the meantime, I'm going to spray off, uh, all of the uh, the transmission fluid that has leaked out. But I need more spray? I'm running low on the spray I need to get more I'll use the green can. The green cans tend to have a little more water in them than the red cans.

Some of the red cans have absolutely no water in them and those are fantastical. Let's give that a quick spray down right here. I'm not getting all of it because I'm going to hit it with the garden hose. when I pull it outside, make sure it's all staying nice and shiny.

The pencil helps to break up the petroleum product and get rid of it. Oh I forgot. Terrible I told you at the end of the day trying to get out of here. Close that down, dude.

Very good. Okay, that goes over there. We're done with you for now and the Machine is still Machining Almost Okay, an undisclosed amount of time has passed and this thing is still charging. It's almost there.

Close. but no cigar. Tick tock tick tock tick tock. I'm getting annoyed still is not fully taking the charge.

I'm gonna I'm gonna fire up the system, let it fall and circulate some of the refrigerant, and then it's not going to take any refrigerant. uh, while it's running because the high side pressure is going to come up. but it should circulate some of the uh, some of the refrigerant and then help the machine pump the rest of it in. Give it a couple minutes here, it's on.

It's making cool, power it down. maybe now it will accept it if it slows too far. I'll have to switch it over to a low side charge. Yep, see, it's building some pressure now.

Okay, waiting, waiting waiting waiting waiting getting annoyed waiting. Ah, it's still taking all day. Come on machine. I Wonder if the Tank's getting low again? so it's getting closer.

0.906 kilograms. Almost there. Finally, it is done. It wants me to close my valves, disconnect the system.

That took like 45 minutes. Not even kidding. Very annoying-ish Anyway, let's get these guys off. disconnect bees Now let's go there.
Let's throw our caps back on. We cannot leave them here. That would be embarrassing. High side cap and no side cap right here.

Good to go. let's lose our drop light and get this thing out of here. Come on out, Drop Light. You no longer need you there.

We go. hang that over here for now. Beautimous. Alrighty, let's fire this thing up.

Get the system cycling, get it operating, make it cold in here. We're gonna back this thing out, hose it down a little bit and then we are not being said. I'm gonna go ahead and begin closing this video out right now and I will do this the same way that I Always do this by thanking each and every one of you for watching this video as always I Really hope you enjoyed this video. If you did enjoy this video, please let me know about it by tapping the like button down below.

Drop me a comment or two while you're down there. and more importantly, the above all else. Do not forget to have yourselves a great day! See you guys later in the Chevrolet in a transmission into AC work into video, over and out dirt hello squeaky belt goodbye transmission fluid spillage and overflow. Get in there real nice light holds me down.

Wash me down. Don't take my day job I Gotta quit my day job. You got to freak out. Come on Chevrolet See you later.

97 thoughts on “Design fault? cut in half! chevrolet tahoe 5.3 freon leak”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Big dog says:

    Where's the brake clean sound

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jim Parr says:

    Heh Dude. Why can the weld not be repaired? So much of ICE vehicle maintenance is "replace huge sub-assemblies that have very minor defects".
    I am not a mechanic (but am an electronics engineer).

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim M. says:

    Sorry ray but the bad part is the hole truck…………I'm a FORD guy

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Maiden says:

    What jumps out from Rays videos is that The vehicle Manufacturers assemble vehicles designed by engineers in different specialities, yes they may assemble the vehicles efficiently but all to often they never seem to consider the practicalities of maintenance. The front cross member on this vehicle is a classic example why not have it bolted in place?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marlon Howard says:

    That piece across the top is removable. The bolts are located on the underside. 3 on each side. Or at least it was on my Silverado of the sam year.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Robertson says:

    What the heck??? .MADE IN CHINA… come on Ray, you could do better… much better!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars johnthreefifteen says:


  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roy White says:

    I sure hope the leak isn’t in the unit in the dashboard

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carl Douglas says:

    The dreaded "Jesus" clip!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Julian Babin says:

    Ray shout out for your wife
    She seems to be really nice person love seeing u guys together and helping you with things even the easy simple things
    To me when ur wife try’s or even helps u show she cares about you
    Tell your wife from us all she lovely nice lady and we appreciate everything she does for you

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nigel Stewart says:

    Condenser leaks are very common on the GMT800 series. I doubt it improved with newer models. GM never learns.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dale Abbott says:

    I understood the Dad joke and I laughed. I tell Dad jokes too. I am the only one who laughs at them.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Barclay says:

    Keep the auto wizardry going!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Julian Babin says:

    I rather fight with something a little bit, then concierge scraping, and Bangin pinching my fingers

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Snap-On Auto Tech says:

    I love 1800Rad 3 factory radiators vs 1-1800 no leak with lifetime warranty and RnR on my lunch break in parking lot. SCORES. Didn't think they were that big.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Vaughan says:

    I thinks good sir that you have a hard core fan base now.
    The narrative is excellent as usual
    The lesson was informative.
    Thank you Ray for this episode.
    SALUTE 😊

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roy Smith says:

    So could you not re-weld it? Ho-Thais right you are not a wielder but you could send it out to a welder!

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Julian Babin says:

    That radiator looks really good. Looks better than the original and it looks a lot tougher and looks like it’s gonna work a lot. Better nice job.
    What are you to go? 1 800 radiator

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joegfjh says:

    Just did one of those last week in a Suburban, going to be added to "the list" of first things to check 😂

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Malcolm King says:

    The best bit of this video was a smiling wife unit. If I send you mine will you make her smile too !?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Gary says:

    Oh…and by the by…with PVC pipe and compressed air, you COULD probably launch a brake cleaner can into the next county. Jus’ sayin’.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bengt Abelsson says:

    A safety issue: I shorted a battery lead with my wedding ring. Only a minor burn, but could have been worse.
    Since then, no rings and no wristwatch when doing mechanical things. A reminder to Wife Unit, no need to dicover that by herself.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Craven says:

    The reason parts are modules is because they come the vendor that way for speed of Assembly for more jobs per hour in the assembly plant and why no oil in the system a lot of it is in the accumulator?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Gary says:

    C’mon Ray…I want to hear what you are saying and not what the latest tunes are. Tunes are louder than or equivalent to your human audio unit. I’m lease limit tunes to other side of shop. Thanks…I think. Be safe

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark M says:

    Still waiting for the Dodgeball clip when you hose an engine compartment down. "Dats it, boy. Get in der all nice and deep like."

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars G. W Cook says:

    And here I was, all my life I thought that red fluid was ATF, but it turns out, it was Transmission Not Power Steering Fluid. Now I feel stupid.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RJB says:

    See one condenser exchange, you see them all.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Pimpo says:

    Seen that issue alot and repaired 6 or 7 jobs ok not super bad nice job ray

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Norman Garrand says:

    your shops a freak show mess tools everywhere fluids everywhere . I think I'm getting a different idea of what really happened at the last place you worked . 😮

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Donaldson says:

    I thought your rule was low side charge? You stirring up more rhythms again?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tmackinator says:

    What seals the point where the condenser is cut to separate the condenser from the trans cooler?

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Onaopemipo Odetunde says:

    Oh, and before I forget Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Donaldson says:

    Unit rhythm moment 51m ish

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Onaopemipo Odetunde says:

    I was born left handed, forced by my teachers to be right handed, yaaaay me and mental problems that accompany me

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jica says:

    Did you get those o-rings from the Cabinet of Curiosities?

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Smarr says:

    Ray, your dedication to finish the cleanup of the vehicle on that job was exceptional.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TFSFireman says:

    Could you have cut off the cross-member (above the rad), and welded it back on afterwards?

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Boyer says:

    You should check the rear ac area as well if equipped.
    I thought of something the other day while fishing 🎣.
    Does the family ever get time to relax and enjoy fishing?
    Be safe team.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nevr CM3 says:

    imagine if the front cross member could be unbolted…far fewer grey hairs and lower blood pressure

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Howdy Ags says:

    Quick question. Will the AC system still hold a certain amount of refrigerant even if there's a leak?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jo73 says:

    Hey did you remember to check the air filter element.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Donaldson says:

    Rhythm n blues for algorithm hues.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Hylton says:

    shout out to wife unit cameo …..WAASSSSUPPP~! 😁👋👋

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ramon Van der Winkel says:

    500K+ subscribers 🥳

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert says:

    It's coming close to the time it will need a new radiator. The tank on the drivers side will develop a crack and start leaking. My 2006 Sierra did it, it's a common issue.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Engster says:

    Master Mechanic.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Boomer says:

    Watch South main Street see Eric welding you could save the Subaru engine yesterday's video on YouTube. This technique really works especially when he uses the washer..

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jh h says:

    that stud and seals was in that box when you kicked it aside