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Replace evaporator a/c evaporator leaking refrigerant and needs to be replaced. How do I remove and reinstall new evaporator?

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Ew. You chose an expensive car to have this to happen to.

Well, the evaporator is located behind the console and dashboard, and requires a complete disassembly of the dash board area.

It's possible for one technician to do it, but the last time I saw one done was at my local a/c garage. They were working on the city's vehicle, and it was a Dodge Dakota, late model.

It had the same problem as yours, a leaky evaporator.

They had about 30 hours into it at $50 per hour. The evaporator
was cheap, but the labor to change it is not.

Good luck on this one.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

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SECTION 412-03: Air Conditioning 1999 Town Car Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Evaporator Core Removal and Installation
NOTE: The evaporator core is not separately serviceable. It is serviced only with the evaporator core housing assembly.
NOTE: Installing a new suction accumulator is not required when repairing the refrigerant system except when there is physical evidence of system contamination from a failed A/C compressor or damage to the suction accumulator.
NOTE: If an evaporator core leak is suspected, the evaporator core must be leak tested before it is removed from the vehicle. For additional information, refer to Section 412-00 .
  1. Remove the evaporator core housing. For additional information, refer to Section 412-02 .
  1. Transfer the components from the old evaporator core housing to the new evaporator core housing
  1. Install the evaporator core housing. For additional
  2. information, refer to Section 412-02
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Evaporator Core Housing Removal
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301).
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  1. Drain the radiator. For additional information, refer to Section 303-03 .
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  1. sxg~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: To prevent damage to the fitting and the tube, use a backup wrench when removing the suction accumulator/drier.
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