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My car is a 2007 2.0T convertible Anniversary Edition.
I've had a diagnostic check on the A/C revealing (unsurprisingly) leaks in the condenser, so I will need a new one, which I can source fairly easily it seems.

However, it isn't clear to me whether the drier is attached to the condenser or a separate part on my car. The Haynes manual I have is useful, but still not clear, and online parts show both a condenser with drier attached or no drier attached available for my model.

Does anyone know if the condenser I need has drier attached or not? Grateful for any help, thanks.
 

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Yes it is a separate part and easy to see when you open the bonnet between the airbox and radiator. The dryer hooks to the bottom of the condenser and #22 of the short high pressure hose.

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The drier/accumulator is always separate due to service requirements.. You may find a bundle that includes it but typically there will be a factory bent line or flex hose connecting it to the bottom port of the coil. It won't be part of the coil. Do not uncap the new drier until you are ready to assemble all of it.
 

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Many thanks for the responses and I am not doubting your expertise for a second. This video shows the procedure and at about 5mins in he lifts out the condenser, but there's no drier attached.

It's not clear if he unhooked it. The procedure in the Haynes manual is below. Unfortunately the wife is away with the car ATM so I can't go and look so I am a tad confused. Must be an age thing. :)

Receiver/drier
Removal – petrol models
102 Have the refrigerant circuit evacuated by a suitably-equipped specialist.
103 Raise the front of the vehicle and support it securely on axle stands (see Jacking and vehicle support ). Undo the fasteners and remove the undershield beneath the radiator, and the one below the engine.
104 Remove the plastic cover on the top of the engine.
105 Undo the bolt and disconnect the refrigerant pipes from the receiver/drier located at the right-hand side of the intercooler. Plug the openings to prevent contamination.
106 Disconnect the turbocharger pipe from the intercooler, and move the pipe to one side.
107 Undo the retaining bolt and remove the right-hand radiator lower mounting (see illustration 3.15).
108 Undo the screws and remove the receiver/drier (see illustration).
108 Receiver/drier Torx mounting screws (arrowed)
 

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Of note on the drier, it is generally recommended to replace this component whenever the system is "broken" especially as the cost of replacement is so low.
 
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