I have new radio and AC units for my 2001 Subaru Legacy L Station Wagon but I do not know how to install them. It seems more complicated than I expected. Does anyone knows of a good tutorial or manual on how to remove and replace those two?

  • What part of the AC unit are you trying to replace, the compressor? If so, there are a few specialized tools you'll need to complete this. Such as a vacuum pump and an A/C manifold to check pressures, to name a couple. If you don't have these and really don't know the process, I'd highly suggest you take your work to a qualified shop. Not something an average backyard mechanic can attempt and complete successfully. Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 16:48
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    The radio is a piece of cake, to be honest. The hardest bit is popping the dash without scratching it, but then it's obvious. As far as a/c goes, the dash module is as easy as the radio, but as Paulster says, replacing the actual guts of the thing is not for beginners.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 17:34

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As far as the radio goes, you can use this tutorial. If you just want to replace the AC front panel box I am sure you can figure it out using the same tutorial. But as said in the comments, if you want to work with the AC unit itself, better take it to a shop.

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