Rheem Classic HVAC Condenser - Run Capacitor Replacement

I recently cleaned out the coils on our Rheem Classic condenser and also took the time to take some pictures of the run capacitor replacement procedure. I have experience replacing a capacitor on our last home's GE Mars condenser, so I wanted to check out this one before I have to actually replace it.
I wrote up a quick how-to to help other owners of Rheem HVAC systems that may need to replace the capacitor. The biggest symptom of a faulty capacitor is that the fan and/or compressor won't start. The fan may also make more noise than usual and run hot.
Here's the guide - http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Rheem-HVAC-Condenser-Run-Capacitor-Replacement-Guide
I hope someone finds it to be useful.
-Paul
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Might be nice to have a capacitor test rig. Test capacitance and ESR. Maybe overkill.
greg
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On 2/3/2011 1:39 PM, zek wrote:

ESR isn't normally a problem at frequencies as low as 60hz.
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Nicely done and worth a bookmark.
Joe
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On 2/3/2011 12:35 PM, Paul Michaels wrote:

Usually, I can spot a bad capacitor immediately because the area around the terminals has popped up disconnecting the circuit internally. It's a safety feature that most motor capacitors have now.
TDD
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