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I want to take the stock A/C off my Si. It doesn't blow cold and I think it just needs recharged. I would much rather remove it and save the weight and drain it gives.

I know when I was younger and took apart a refridgerator, there was this NASTY smelling gas when we accidentally punctured the compressor. Can I expect that same nasty crap from my car's A/C?
Are there any special tools I will need or "holes" I will need to plug after removal?
 

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I dont think there are any special tools you need, expecialy if your not reusing it, cuz you could just tear it out. I havn't actualy decompressed AC, but i have removed everything. I would definatly recomend uber protection while decompressing it. That stuff is not good. As for taking it out, its simply a matter of following the lines. After you remove everything from the engine bay, go under the dash and remove the AC box. Its the big black box to the left of the blower. inside you will find the AC radiator. Remove it and plug up all the old holes that arnt used anymore. This wil stop the moving air from going into the engine bay because there will be two holes in the firewall. Taking out the AC radiator will help the air move faster and give you a bit better heating.

Personaly, i think removing the AC is the best thing to do. The CRX is so open that you dont really need it and the weight (i believe a total of 51lbs) makes it worth it. Plus its free!

Where are you located? I'm in Colorado so i never really need it, even in summer its not to hot.

Good luck with it.
 

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i had removed most of mine years ago, but just the other day completed the process to a non a/c crx with the exception of the climate control. While the engine was out i took out the condensor, and thanks to fisher I've got the non a/c underdash piece too. It will help out alot with my wire tuck. Thanks again Tom!
 

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hey-when you get it all out-send it to me.
i live in my car for work and am in hot nor-cal valley so AC is a must.
seriously. email me.
mark
ill pay shipping.
BTW-i did HVAC and you can get killed if you dont vent that gas in a open spot.
also you can get a 20,000$ fine from the EPA if they catch you.
its prob 10-14 ounces so do it outside somewhere in the open.
a standard bike tube valve tool will work to vent it.
you cna get 3rd degree BURNS(yes-i said burns) if you let the venting gas hit your skin.
be careful.
and send me that parts-all screw, brackets... the whole she-bang.
ill pay ship.
 

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How do you remove everything without decompressing the system? Must be a tight squeeze getting the evaporator through the firewall.
 

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ccpanel said:
BTW-i did HVAC and you can get killed if you dont vent that gas in a open spot.
That's true of most compressed gasses. The released refridgerant displaces the surrounding air and doesn't have any breathable oxygen content. When you feel out of breath, your body is responding to a buildup of carbon dioxide in your blood, not a lack of oxygen. Your lungs can still release carbon dioxide into a non-air atmosphere, but the oxygen has to come from somewhere. As such, you can starve yourself of oxygen and not notice until you start feeling light-headed and weak on the verge of passing out. You can't get up and move to an area with fresh air if you're unconscious, and you'll die if you continue without oxygen.
ccpanel said:
you cna get 3rd degree BURNS(yes-i said burns) if you let the venting gas hit your skin.
be careful.
It's not really a burn though... It's flash-freezing your skin. Frost-bite. Equally unpleasant though, I'm sure.
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How do you remove everything without decompressing the system?
You don't. Either put a new hole in the Ozone layer, or get somebody with a recovery machine to take care of it.
 

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downest said:
How do you remove everything without decompressing the system? Must be a tight squeeze getting the evaporator through the firewall.
LOL. :lol:
 

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That was a funny to me as well Tom. :lol:

Oh and please DO NOT VENT R-12 INTO THE ATMOSPHERE! :evil:
As much as I'm not trying to play mommy here I hate it when people tear up the environment to save a few bucks.
Theres a reason that theres warning stickers on cars that say "only trained personnel should service a/c systems." :roll:
DUH...
 

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I slipped once doing a motor uninstall and broke a charge AC line. I though tI was gonna die breathing in that crap, I couldnt get air into my lungs, almost passed out. it was like there was no o2 in the air. defeintely dont mess aorund with that stuff.

My dad is a HVAC tech so now I have him use his stuff to discharge lines for me. it works out much better that way.
 
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