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Old 04-15-2002, 02:31 PM   #1
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I need to re-install the AC condesor in my 00RS, the guy I bought it from removed it for some reason and didn't put it back. I've got the part but I'm not quite sure how to do it. I know it goes in front of the radiator correct? Do I have to remove the radiator all together to put the condesor back in? Do I need to remove the front bumper too?
My old car didn't have AC and I swear I'm not going through another summer without it. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-16-2002, 03:45 AM   #2
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have fun with this one... yes, the front bumper has to come off. ...and the inner beam. ...and grill, headlights, hood latch... Good enough reasoning for the previous owner not to want to do it. I did a lot of my front end at the same time, so I'm not really sure what has to come off before you can squeeze it in there. I replaced my upper radiator tie support and it probably helped not having that around (you do NOT want to do that.)

More than anything, just make sure that you protect the fins on the condenser, and more importantly your radiator. You don't want to ruin a costly item due to a screwdriver slipping or something. If you run into problems, ASK. it's not worth the hours of frustration only to find out the one thing holding a piece on is a tiny bit of plastic that takes ten seconds to unfasten. Plan for Murphy's Law to show it's face, and don't try this if you absolutly need your car to get to work in the morning.
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Old 04-16-2002, 08:26 AM   #3
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aahh christ. great, that's exactly what I didn't want to hear.
Thanks though
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Old 04-16-2002, 10:53 AM   #4
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Ohh yeah that's a good time!
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Old 04-17-2002, 05:14 PM   #5
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what should I look out for when removing the bumper and such? I've taken bumpers off of cars before but not the RS. I can't imagine it being too difficult but there are always screws and clips in weird places, any tips or hints. I'm gonna tackle it this weekend, it was 91 here today and I refuse to go through another summer without AC.
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Old 04-18-2002, 12:57 PM   #6
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Wouldn't this be covered under warranty?
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Old 04-18-2002, 02:58 PM   #7
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how so? would the warranty cover re-installing things that owners remove? if so, that would be great, but I doubt it.

I mean, if I were to take off the alternator and couldn't get it back on, would the warranty cover that?
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Old 04-19-2002, 01:24 AM   #8
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sorry, I highly doubt it's even worth dealing with the warranty for a situation like this. I'm not saying there's not a chance you might find a REALLY cool dealer that would work with you on this one, just not likely.

As for the bumper, on my '98 RS there are two screw/bolts coming up from the bottom, the four big (17mm?) bolts holding the inner beam rails (look down at your airfilter, there are two on this side of the ?floor? of the engine compartment, and two more on the drivers side next to the battery.) Other than that, it's mostly plastic fittings. The fittings at the top rearmost point of the bumper skin gave me the most trouble of any. I'd tell you how they work, but I'm still in the dark myself.

The corner lights have a single screw attaching them to the top of the headlights, and ball&socket popfittings as well. After that, the headlights are very straight forward. Two bolts on the side where the cornerlight was, and two in the middle under the grille. Oh yeah, the grill is funky too, there are two holes on the top that give access to the release on the fittings underneith.

I could go on, but instead I'll simply refer you to the mods section regarding the bumper swap. There were pictures in there with more detailed instructions and I can only assume they're still there.

We're here for ya.... you can do it if you just take your time and remember NOT to get FRUSTRATED!! That's when stuff starts flying and things end up broken. ... just walk away and come back later. (or get a bigger hammer ) keep us updated here... I hate seeing someone go out and spend a fortune at a garage when it can be done at home.
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