View Full Version : How to: AC Delete

11-27-2010, 12:54 AM
Disclaimer: Nor me or this site may be held liable for anything YOU do to YOUR car. If you break something, thats all you.

Ok, now thats out of the way...
A little back story here.
I was out running errands on the first snowy day of the year. I came around a corner at about 15-20mph and lost traction and went head on to a telephone pole. No winter tires on at the time...

Anyway, Im in the progress of getting it back on the road.
It need a crash bar, upper core support tie bar, hood, and bumper.

I crushed the condenser pretty good, but the radiator was fine.
So instead of pay for new parts for the A/C that I dont use, I thought I'd save some money and just take it out, and clean up the bay a little.

Anyway here we go.
*Note: I left all the underdash items in.

10mm socket
12mm socket
Various extensions, I used a 2 and a 6" but whatever works...
17mm wrench
Philips screwdriver
Bolt cutters, or hack saw, If you dont want to keep your lines...
New non A/C belt.
Little confusing, but bare with me, it willl make sense when you do it.

1. Remove bumper, and crash bar, but crash bar is optional, it just give you more room to work with.

2. Disconnect the line that runs from the pump and it runs under the passenger side headlight to the condenser.
*Keep in mine you need to remove all freon in the system. How you do that is your business not mine.

3.Disconnect the line on the condenser that bolts into it on the passenger side, that line that runs under the dash.
It should now be ok to pull out. its 4 10mm bolts on each corner.

4.Unbolt both lines in the compressor, and wiggle them out of the way for now. The one that goes from the pump to the condenser should now be able to be pulled out from the front.

5.Loosen the alternator and take the old belt off.

6.Unclip the wires and zip tie it to the water temp sensor to get it out of the way. You can now take out the 3, 12mm bolts that hold the comperssor on. (I had to fit in the socket by bending the radiator hose, but you can use a wrench with no problem.)
Now you can pull out the compressor from the top.

7.Unbolt the brackets for the cruise control and just move it out of the way.

8.Here is where I got frustrated and just cut out my lines in pieces.
There is a 90 degree bend that I could not wiggle out. It goes behind the wiper fluid tank. So we unbolted the wiper tank and dropped it out and got the rest out.

9. I tracked down the lines and they both go into the firewall on the passenger side, there are disconnect areas on both lines. I just cut mine and closed them up and tucked them away.

10. You can now bolt back in your cruise control and anything else you had to get out of the way and slip on your new belt and tighten up the alternator.

Hope this helps somewhat, Ill take better pics soon.
I wasnt thinking of making a writeup at the time, but I did my best to make it comprehendable.

*If you have any useful info to add, please do.

Also, If you have anymore questions you can PM me or Raze. He helped a lot with this.

11-28-2010, 03:29 AM
i did this on my celica.. i regret doing it.

now i have enough HP that i can go drag race and leave the AC on.. haha.

11-29-2010, 09:10 PM
The cost to revive AC seems a little to steep for me. Only reason I havent completely removed my AC stuff is I know I'm not keeping my 5th gen, so the next owner will have the option to repair.

11-29-2010, 10:05 PM
A key thing you should also mention is your belt.

What size (or what vehicle) did you replace the old accessory belt with?

11-30-2010, 04:25 AM
A key thing you should also mention is your belt.

What size (or what vehicle) did you replace the old accessory belt with?

I don't remember the exact part number but ill get it, and all u have to do to get the belt is go into your parts store and tell them you need a belt for your year Celica with out a/c they'll help ya out.

11-30-2010, 11:45 PM
Part number for gates Celica non a/c belt
21/32"x 39 3/4" OC
17mm x 1008mm OC