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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:51 pm 
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Car Model: Saab 9-3 Aero
I did this job at the weekend, having found that the used condenser installed when my Aero struck rock in road was also leaking. Actually it may have been ok, but I did notice that the garage had left off the seal where the line from the receiver dryer joined condenser!

A few questions:

I had to remove bumper and under tray, though I've seen a US video where the guy just removes slam panel. I can't see how this is possible, since the slam panel is held down by two brackets/studs at front (as well as horn mounted on slam panel) which are not accessible without removing bumper! Maybe Aero different in this respect? I did find removing the slam panel and bumper made the job a bit easier.

I replaced the receiver dryer too which is tricky to access in its position behind turbo cooler, but it comes out with engine cover off. Even with leaving the dryer and lines loose I couldn't fit the new condenser so that the bracket on top right side could be screwed into plastic support at top. The left side is fine and both tabs near base of condenser slide into slots. Am I doing something wrong here or are some aftermarket condensers known to be poor fit? Ironically the torx screw on that side with old condenser rounded out on removal, and it took ages to drill out/grind off head of the rounded screw.

Some people claim to have fitted condenser with dryer already mounted. But in that case the fitting to the dryer (from low pressure port) would be some way from its position when dryer separate. Must say would be nice to have integral dryer — reaching the nut on the PAD connection on dryer is only just possible!

I've yet to pull vacuum on system and check the leak is eliminated. Watch this space!

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