Replaced the condenser 3 weeks ago and today the out connection from the condenser lower left has leaked out. I got the special integrated o ring washer from Toyota but there is a problem coupling the line to the condenser. I noticed that after the 10mm bolt is torqued to 7 ft/lbs the flange on the line does not fit flush with the condenser. Everything is flush before I torque the bolt but when I torque it down only the offset bolt side of the flange is flush.
The top side line connection from the compressor fits fine and is flush parallel to the condenser flange. Any ideas why??
Not what you are looking for, but I have had issues with the way the last two new condensers I installed fit. The most recent, I just had to slightly enlarge the mounting holes. On the other one, neither on the lines lined up right and they needed to be bent. It about makes me want to start quoting and using factory condensers.
Ok, rant over.
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There may be something keeping it from seating properly (debris, machining defect, etc.). If the "stem in bore" is tweaked off alignment, the seal has less of a chance to work. Proper seating is very important with these "peanut" single offset bolt connections. HTH
Is the "peanut" flat? Part may have been bent by previous over-tightening.
I took apart the line connection to the new condenser and found that the flange on the bolt side from the condenser is not parallel to the step side where the washer sits. It looks slightly curved or bent??That is why when I tighten the bolt it mounts flush but at a slight angle. This weekend I will remove the condenser andI will try to file the fitting to make it parallel to the shorter stepped side. Will keep you posted.
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