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Radiator Coming Out
Well, once again I have a project going and am stalled. Last night,
I noticed the passenger side plastic cap on our 1990 200's radiator
was leaking....enough to require immediate attention. Im pretty sure
I can get the end cap replaced or re-sealed once I get the unit out.
So tonight, I went to pull the radiator. THAT is a pretty good
trick! As is all too frequent, the Bentley has not one word or
picture to help. What a puzzle!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got the shroud out OK....and the radiator is loose - BUT - the AC
condener is still attached to the front of it, and on the driver's
side at the bottom, there's a bracket. Running through this bracket
is what must be an AC coolant line. I cracked the nut, thinking it
was something else...but when it hissed at me, I quickly tightened it
again, hoping that I hadn't dumped enough freon to require
However, I'm not sure I have any option but to break the connection
and dump the freon charge in order to get the radiator out....because
of that damn bracket it passes through, and because the condenser
appears to be mounted to the radiator in such a way that it can't be
separated without removing both.
1) Is there any way to separate the AC condenser mounted on the
radiator's front from that radiator, or must I remove both?
#2 follows from #1 -
2) If I can separate the two, can I also pull the radiator without
breaking the AC line connection?
3) Do I have to take that AC connection apart ANYway?????
I think I know the answers - (no) (no) and (yes), but I want to hear
from someone who has BTDT before I proceed and spend the $100 for a
freon recharge. It seems insane to require the air conditioning
line be disconnected in order to remove a radiator, but Audi is
entirely capable of requiring it. I'ave already had to take the
hydraulic pump off its bracket and move it out of the way as far as I
can without removing its hoses.
General PITA. Replies are appreciated, friends. Gotta get this done
Al Powell, PhD Ph: 409/845-2807
Ag Communications Fax: 409/862-1202
Texas A&M University