DIY - A/C Removal (4cyl)

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  1. Sketch o5

    Sketch o5 Señor Greengo

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    in case anyone else ever wants to, here it is, haha.

    i didnt keep track of the tools and stuff youll need. but have some ratchets and sockets and youll be good, haha. maybe a pipe for extra leverage for the mounting bolts.

    ok, so well start by removing the Low Pressure line first.

    before you disconnect anything, you need to drain the lines, legally or illegally. what did i do? i wont tell....but ill say al gore hates me :) haha

    ok, so first you take the nut, on the right, off with a deep 10mm socket, but youll have to do both eventually. these are located on the compressor.

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    then you have to take out the bolt on the right in this pic

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    theres a bolt down on the frame rail that you need to take out next

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    then you can disconnect it at the firewall. it also makes it easier to get if you remove the intake.

    you loosen this connection to detach the low pressure line

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    now you can get at the high pressure line easily.

    so to remove the high pressure line, you undo it from the firewall

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    then take out this bolt

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    after that, undo it from the canister, in front of the condenser.

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    then just snake it thru, into the engine compartment, and its out. add it to the pile...

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    then the firewall looks like this

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    now were gonna take out the condenser.

    take off the other high pressure line from the canister

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    then detach it from the condenser

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    and detach the other end of the high pressure line from the other side of the condenser

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    disconnect that line from the compressor in the engine bay, its the one on the left

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    then snake it out of the engine bay threw the front, that was easiest for me

    now you can take out the condenser

    we'll need to push the radiator back to pull out the condenser, so take off the radiator mounts

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    now the rad will be loose, so take out the bolts holding in the condenser

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    once those are out, you can pull out the condenser after you push the rad back a little. once its out, hook all the radiator mounts back up and everything.

    now take out the canister

    this bolt will loosen the canister, slide it out

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    now take off the canister mount

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    add it to the pile!

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    now all that should be left is the compressor.

    first we need to get the power steering pump and belt out of the way. so take out these 2 bolts that hold in the PS pump

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    it will then be loose, so you can easily take off the belt, and put it off out of the way, and push the pump back a little, out of the way

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    now, the alt and a/c compressor are on the same belt, and the alternator is the tensioner for the belt, so we need to loosen that to take the tension off the belt.

    loosen this bolt at the top of the alt first

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    then loosen this one at the bottom

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    once those are loose, you can loosen this long screw, which is the tensioner for the belt, which moves the alt back and fourth.

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    once the alt is loose enough to get the belt off, take it off.

    then you loosen all 4 of these bolts on the compressor

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    once theyre off, youll just have the mount for the engine block left. take these 2 nuts and 2 bolts out

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    then that will be off

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    add them to the pile!

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    now you put your new alt belt on, the one for a DX model accord without A/C.

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    re-tighten the tensioner on the alt, tighten up all the alt bolts you loosened, put the PS back on with its belt, make sure thats tight too. then youre really done. cap off the a/c line on the firewall, so no moisture and crap get in, then you can start the car and see if it runs, haha. it should work fine.

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  2. Sketch o5

    Sketch o5 Señor Greengo

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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    A/C button on the heater control

    if you want to, you can replace the A/C button with the blank from the DX on the heater control inside the car...i did.

    take out these 2 screws

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    pop out the clock, and then disconnect it

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    take out the screw behind it

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    pull off the bezel, then disconnect these 2 connections

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    take out these 5 screws on the back of the heater control

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    now you have this

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    pull off the fan speed knob, and pop off the tabs around it first, i found they were the easiest to get at first. then get the ones on the bottom.

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    now do the ones on the top

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    now you have this

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    grab your blank

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    take the A/C button off, be be gentle, and once its off, carefully pry and pop the A/C cover off

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    put the blank on the top piece in the picture above, and put it back in place

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    now put everything back together, and youre good to go

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    CHID0 Well-Known Member

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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    interesting.....i'd never do it, but interesting.
     
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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    and what do you get from removing the ac.....any real significant improvements???
     
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    CG6Lemon Detailing Enthusiast

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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    lol removing dead weight ftw.
     
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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    Weight savings. The Galant doesn't have A/C or P/S, all the components have been removed. A/C is for bitches anyway....
     
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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    :driving: .... I love the feel of AC in the summer time....

    now u should create a thread on how 2 buy a sweat rag for 90 degree days in the summer...

    lol JK...

    good diy but i wouldnt do it
     
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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    driving with no ac in cali sucks....
     
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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    I'll probably do this sometime soon when I have more time... along with P/S removal.... that's gonna free up so much space in the bay...
     
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    Re: DIY - A/C Removal

    nice but i dont think anyone would really do it
     

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