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A/C condenser replacement: does it matter?

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    I have a 2008 Scion tC that I am having to replace the condenser in. I already have it taken out and such but I just need to know if I should buy the exact replacement (roughly $500+ from Toyota) or is there a good and cheaper replacement out there? I have never had to replace things like this on my car so I'm weary about getting "cheap" stuff.
    All input is appreciated!

    -Also, some input on a radiator replacement would be great too!!!
    Thanks!
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    sHeines wrote:
    I have a 2008 Scion tC that I am having to replace the condenser in. I already have it taken out and such but I just need to know if I should buy the exact replacement (roughly $500+ from Toyota) or is there a good and cheaper replacement out there? I have never had to replace things like this on my car so I'm weary about getting "cheap" stuff.
    All input is appreciated!

    -Also, some input on a radiator replacement would be great too!!!
    Thanks!


    Personally I've used the TYC brand on my civic project. Has worked fine for 3 years, nothing wrong with it. I used it for the a/c condensor.

    But.. for scion/toyota..Denso is the part supplier that makes the condensor and radiator for our car. If you get that brand I would think you're getting very close if not exactly the Toyota part.

    Here's the Denso part over at rockauto.

    Radiator $53.79
    https://www.rockauto.com/...mp;cc=1432816&jsn=286

    A/C Condensor $61.79
    https://www.rockauto.com/...mp;cc=1432816&jsn=309

    If it were me, I'd go with the Denso part.

    EDIT: I didn't realize this was part of your crash repairs. yeah denso should fit perfectly and work exactly like stock.
    ^^ I agree. 95% of the time if you get a denso replacement it will be almost the same as OEM. I like havening the parts to be as close as possible to oem.
    Thanks so much! I'm ordering parts today. Only thing with the radiator is that I read that its different for a manual and an automatic. (Automatic trans radiator has two extra hole hookups at the bottom or something) So I just have to be on the lookout for the manual trans radiator. Does that sound right? Just wondering because on the Toyota website they sell two different ones but a shop I called said it doesn't matter and they didn't know of any difference. Also on a thread on clubsciontc I read that it does matter.

    And yes, unfortunately the deer antler got through the condenser, radiator, and fan
    sHeines wrote:
    Thanks so much! I'm ordering parts today. Only thing with the radiator is that I read that its different for a manual and an automatic. (Automatic trans radiator has two extra hole hookups at the bottom or something) So I just have to be on the lookout for the manual trans radiator. Does that sound right? Just wondering because on the Toyota website they sell two different ones but a shop I called said it doesn't matter and they didn't know of any difference. Also on a thread on clubsciontc I read that it does matter.

    And yes, unfortunately the deer antler got through the condenser, radiator, and fan


    take a look at the picture of the radiator I linked to. You'll see those two ports hanging out. All you have to do is leave them plugged and it'll work fine. Thats the ports for the auto transmission cooler. That's why the mechanic said they're no difference. I don't think you will find a manual radiator in the aftermarket unless it was some expensive mishimoto brand. The aftermarket makes one radiator for all models, saves them money. I know this because when my civic (manual trans) needed a radiator none of the aftermarket were manual models, all auto (extra ports), and I ended up getting a Honda brand (Denso made) radiator.

    So there's your answer, pay more $$$ if you don't like those two ports being plugged.
    sciontc_mich wrote:
    sHeines wrote:
    Thanks so much! I'm ordering parts today. Only thing with the radiator is that I read that its different for a manual and an automatic. (Automatic trans radiator has two extra hole hookups at the bottom or something) So I just have to be on the lookout for the manual trans radiator. Does that sound right? Just wondering because on the Toyota website they sell two different ones but a shop I called said it doesn't matter and they didn't know of any difference. Also on a thread on clubsciontc I read that it does matter.

    And yes, unfortunately the deer antler got through the condenser, radiator, and fan


    take a look at the picture of the radiator I linked to. You'll see those two ports hanging out. All you have to do is leave them plugged and it'll work fine. Thats the ports for the auto transmission cooler. That's why the mechanic said they're no difference. I don't think you will find a manual radiator in the aftermarket unless it was some expensive mishimoto brand. The aftermarket makes one radiator for all models, saves them money. I know this because when my civic (manual trans) needed a radiator none of the aftermarket were manual models, all auto (extra ports), and I ended up getting a Honda brand (Denso made) radiator.

    So there's your answer, pay more $$$ if you don't like those two ports being plugged.


    Thank you so much for the link to the rockauto website. I am ordering all 3 parts I need for just over $200!!! (Including shipping.) Thats much better than the $658 the shop was going to charge.
    I am going with the automatic trans radiator and will just plug the holes. Any suggestions on what to cover them with? I've read some where they say don't use tape, so obviously plastic is out of the question as well?

    Now since those parts are much cheaper than I thought then I will be looking for a painted bumper too
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    sHeines wrote:
    Thank you so much for the link to the rockauto website. I am ordering all 3 parts I need for just over $200!!! (Including shipping.) Thats much better than the $658 the shop was going to charge.
    I am going with the automatic trans radiator and will just plug the holes. Any suggestions on what to cover them with? I've read some where they say don't use tape, so obviously plastic is out of the question as well?

    Now since those parts are much cheaper than I thought then I will be looking for a painted bumper too

    I think the plugs that are attached to those ports are already good to use, you could always call denso's aftermarket parts and ask them, then again they might have instructions in the box too. Tape, no, lol.. that won't work. I hope those parts come damage free from rockauto! Make sure to check it over carefully, like with all shipping sometimes damage does happen. Just sayin.. And I'm glad you got a great price!! Nice to save money and get a good quality part, isnt it? Feels good!

    I did find at denso's website, instruction about the condensor
    http://www.revbase.com/tt...p;dataid=1169392&ft=1 this link pops up a pdf to download to view.

    Looks like it's just general info of how to install it, any regular mechanic should know this already.

    Ok I found denso's information their North American HQ, they should be able to get you to the aftermarket parts division. I looked and there was just an email form, no thanks from denso aftermarket. here ya go


    DENSO International America

    Regional Headquarters, North America

    24777 Denso Drive
    Southfield, MI 48033
    248- 350-7500

    They might be able to answer the question of the plugs on the auto trans cooler lines, keeping them plugged.
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