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front right passenger underside damaged by median, what is that fluid?

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front right passenger underside damaged by median, what is that fluid?

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I toggled the bozo bit this this morning: I was in a rush, distracted, and turned into what I thought was a normal entry leading into my bank. What I didn't see was this entrance had a concrete median/divider for incoming and outgoing traffic. I smacked it hard with right side of the car and the car jumped. the plastic under-fairing broke on the right side. But more importantly, there is a black cylinder low in the front right near the radiators - looks like a long oil filter, it appears to screw in?? It was exposed and it got slammed hard dented, and is leaking. Is something to do with the transmission? Power steering?

I managed to get the car home 2 miles. Is this something that I can replace? I don't see any other damage but the fluid did get onto the belts. Suspension, miraculously, seems intact. I didn't blow out the tire either, and the wheel looks OK. I did notice a torn outer CV boot but it could have been there before.

Should I try to replace the mystery black cylinder or just have it towed to my mechanic for a thorough going over?
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Re: front right passenger underside damaged by median, what is that fluid?

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If you're 100% sure it is NOT your oil filter (which I bet it isn't) then I bet it's this thing
yellow arrow points to front of car
orange arrow is passenger side tire.
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If that matches what you are taking about, then it's your AC accumulator/dryer.

Here's another picture but this one is silver. This one shows all the pipes on the top of it so you can confirm it's the AC accumulator.
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... 3r#fitment

If it's broken/punctured, you probably don't have AC at all right now. (ie puncture released all your refrigerant).

If this happened on my car i'd have it repaired as I don't have the proper tools to replace this and inject refrigerant into the system.

Read this thread.
viewtopic.php?t=41084


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Re: front right passenger underside damaged by median, what is that fluid?

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If the weather is dry in AZ you have some time (week, month?) before damaging more AC components with moisture getting in.

I have rejuvenated AC that has been open for months and been lucky, your ACmay vary

If you decide you want AC inyour car back, fix as soon as you can
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Re: front right passenger underside damaged by median, what is that fluid?

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Thank you both. This is indeed what it is, the AC is not working and it was blowing cold just last week. I'll get it in immediately!
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