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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Air Conditioning Condenser - How do you replace the condenser? Does anyone have photos, or can you recommend a good manual?

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This job requires special tools and training. There is serious personal injury exposure!!!,
The oiling of the system needs to be addressed, the receiver/dryer needs to be replaced, the system needs to be evacuated....etc, etc.
Have a qualified shop do this for you.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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    Jeff Fortier Jul 20, 2014

    After having a qualified technician recover the rf134a, I was able to remove the condenser to replace the drier. Things you will need from the auto parts store before doing this. 1) rf134a A/C Flush 2) new a/c o-rings 3) new dryer 4) air compressor with blower attachment. 5) (i used a breaker bar with a hex attachment, sorry I forgot the size.) The condenser is attached to the radiator by two bolts on top of the radiator, I was able to loosen these with a 10mm wrench. There are two bolts about 1/2 way down the condenser that attach it to the radiator as well. Lastly, on the passenger side of the condenser, you must disconnect the line running from the junction there down into the condenser (AFTER rf134a is recovered). I recommend putting a cat-litter tray under the car here. Disconnect the radiator hose from the top of the radiatior. (this WILL make a mess). I used a small bungee cord to pull it back and hold it vertical to prevent any unnecessary spillage. I put a paper towel inside the radiator side of this hole. I had to replace this paper towel frequently to prevent spilling. There is a fan on the engine side of the radiator on the driver side. There are two bolts at the top and an electrical connector. Remove the bolts and disconnect that connector. At this point, you should be able to wiggle this fan up and out of the engine bay. Set it aside (mind as well clean it while you have it out). You need to loosen the bolts on the black crossmember above the radiator. I removed the plastic cover in the front and the hood latch too, not sure if that's required. Now, you should be able to lift up (gently) on each side of the black crossmember and pull the radiator in towards the engine. There are rubber "feet" on top of the radiator that hold it in position. Once they are free of this crossmember, the radiator can be pushed back into the engine bay far enough to lift the condeser out. Be careful to not break or bend anything here!! While the condesner is out, I taped the rf134a holes up and hit it with a hose to clean up the cooling fins. Once the condenser is out, you can access the drier by using a allen key. Well, I used a hex socket and a breaker bar. I understand this can be quite tight. You can buy these hex socket sets at Harbor Freight. I had to remove the old drier with a pair of pliers, it was very gunked up and stuck in there pretty good. I then flushed the inside of the condenser with rf134a flush I purchased at an auto parts store. After that, I blew it out with an air compressor for a few minutes. The flush is supposed to dry very quickly and is designed for this. Follow the instructions on your bottle. Follow instructions in the reverse for installation. This process is NOT as bad as it sounds. I did this as part of an entire a/c system clean. I replaced the compressor, the dryer, all o-rings and did a complete system flush with this. Since I was replacing the compressor and doing a complete system flush, I was able to control the amount of oil in the system. DISCLAIMER: I just did this last night, but the system has held a vacuum for 12+ hours already, so I suspect I got it back together correctly. Be sure to PROPERLY recover the rf134a from your system!



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