In Reply to: HELP***Air Condenser question posted by Scott on July 02, 1999 at 13:07:03:
: I have a 91 525i that is in need of a new air condenser. I bought a new after-market one from a company out of the Roundel. It looks like a fairly simple project to install.
: My question is how hard is it to install? Can an amateur do it in an afternoon? The local dealership can charge the system. They gave me a price of $370.00 to install and charge the new one, is that a fair price?
: Thanks in advance,
: 525i Sharked
Changing the condenser on a 5 series is relatively easy.I did it in an afternoon and had the system charged by a local shop. The bumper on the 525 takes about 10 minutes to take off---Take out the sidemarker lights, then pop off the impact strips on either side of the license plate using a small screwdriver.Start at the end next to the license plate.as the moulding curves to the side of the bumper the clips are "L"shaped so pulling towards the front of the car will remove the moulding. the bolts holding the bumper are now exposed.Remove the nuts and slide the bumper off.The electrical fittings for the fog lights are on the drivers side off the car but do not have to be removed. After that the grill has to be removed and then the condenser is easily accessed.
As far as the dealers cost ---it seems reasonable
especially if it includes re-charging.The old style freon is $50/lb.around here and the car would need about 4.5lbs. If your a good "do-it your selfer"its pretty easy. Be sure and use some good "liquid wrench" or equiv. on the fittings to help loosen them and replace the seals as well.