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Old 05-27-2009, 05:24 PM
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Question about AC condenser on my non-MB

The other day I was driving near my shop and the car in front of me rolled over a piece of 1/4 steel rod. It popped up, went right in the 1.5" grill opening and skewered my radiator. While replacing it I realized it also skewered my AC condenser. The radiator was definitely mortally wounded, as coolant was all over.
I was just looking more closely at the AC condenser, and it looks like it just took out some fins. Is it necessary to replace it, or losing some fins is no big deal?
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:30 PM
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How many fins do you mean by "some"? If the AC was blowing cold before and continues to do so now, you will probably be ok.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:05 PM
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I don't know how many fins. It was a 1/4" rod, so I'd guess maybe 6?

I don't use my A/C much, but I was thinking that if I did have some damage to more than just the fins, it might leak out refrigerant if I turn it on. I know little about AC systems.
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:18 PM
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Losing some fins is no big deal usually. If the a/c still works leave it alone. If it starts to leak the system will shut down because of lack of refrigerant and not harm your system.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:03 AM
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...I was thinking that if I did have some damage to more than just the fins, it might leak out refrigerant if I turn it on.
If the damage is substantial enough, it will leak whether you turn it on or not.
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