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Old 04 Aug 2007, 10:07 am
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Default A/C Condenser: Replace or Not?

I have a 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan.

Just two days ago, at about 184,000 miles, I had a new radiator and hoses
put on (leaking problems).

Even though the a/c condenser is still in working order, the fins are
looking shady.

Should I wait until it fails, or keep it while the going is good?

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Old 05 Aug 2007, 10:22 pm
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Default Re: A/C Condenser: Replace or Not?

On Aug 4, 10:07 am, "warlock162" <b...@dwsd.org> wrote:
> I have a 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan.
>
> Just two days ago, at about 184,000 miles, I had a new radiator and hoses
> put on (leaking problems).
>
> Even though the a/c condenser is still in working order, the fins are
> looking shady.
>
> Should I wait until it fails, or keep it while the going is good?


I'd just keep running it. If it still seems to cool ok, it's good nuff
for gov work. The definitive way to test would be to check the
head pressure. "high side". Most would need to go to a shop
to do that. But, if it ain't cycling off on the high pressure switch,
I wouldn't worry about it. I wouldn't get a new coil unless you
are sure you are going to keep that car a long time. At 184k,
it's going to need other various work as it putts along..
The price of a coil, with labor, etc, ain't worth it in my opinion.
I might consider it if it were a real problem, and I knew I
was going to keep the car. But you aren't having a real
problem at this point. Be gentle if you try to wash the coil.
When they get "flaky", it's easy to knock fins off with just the
pressure of a water hose. I would leave it alone unless it's
really filthy. And then just hose it "head on" Not at angles
to the coil. That can blast fins away.
MK

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