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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2006, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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help, punctured a/c radiator?

I removed the lower part of my front bumper to install my tranns coolsron my 98 Mark VIII. I drilled two holes to attach a bracket and I ended up puncturing that "wanna be radiator." What the heck is it, looks like a radiator but it is actually infront of the radiator, part of the a/c? Nothing is coming out of it. What happens if I drive with it punctured?
Any one ever replace one and how much $$$$
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2006, 10:13 PM
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It's the power steering fluid cooler. If you had punctured the line that had fluid in it, there would have definitely been fluid dribbling out. If you drove with a hole like that in the line, then you would quickly lose all your power steering fluid and you'd know when that happened. Since no fluid came out, you probably just punctured one of the heat transfer tubes.

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I'm pretty sure he's referring to the AC condensor. If it didn't hiss and spray freezing cold vapor out of the hole, either your system isn't currently charged or you didn't actually puncture it. You're not going to hurt anything by driving the car, but you won't have AC.

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I think you're right. I missed when he said in front of the radiator. I was thinking right behind the bumper since that's where he was drilling.

On my T-Bird, the very bottom row of tubes wasn't actually part of the system. They were there, but there definitely wasn't any refrigerant in them. As Rod said, if you didn't hear any hissing and your A/C works, you have nothing to worry about. If you A/C didn't work before and you actually did puncture it, expect to pay around $150 for a new condensor.

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Yes, it is the condender. When I punctured it there was no hissing. I ran the a/c on for about 2 miutes and it was still blowing cold. Hopefully it is not part of the system like Chris says and I can save some $$$. When I shut her down I heard a hissing for about 30 seconds and then it stopped. Don't remember hearing it before, but then again I wasn't listening for it. Would the discharge only occur when the vehicle is running? I will run it more tomorrow.

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That hissing after you turn it off is normal. Just the pressure in the system being relieved.

If you punctured the line, you'd know real quick. It would have been very loud and noticeable. Looks like you've got nothing to worry about.

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Thanks for all your help guys I was going to buy a new condensor for nothing! I'll keep you guys posted if the a/c starts to weaken or act up.

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