Santa Fe, Vera Cruz 2006-2008

Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Recover the refrigerant with a recovery/recycling/charging station.
  5. When the engine is cool, drain the engine coolant from the radiator.
  7. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
  9. Remove the bolts (A) and the expansion valve (B) from the evaporator core. Plug or cap the lines immediately after disconnecting them to avoid moisture and dust contamination.

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    Fig. Evaporator core diagram

  11. Disconnect the inlet (C) and outlet (D) heater hoses from the heater unit. Engine coolant will run out when the hoses are disconnected; drain it into a clean drip pan.
    Be sure not to let coolant spill on electrical parts or painted surfaces. If any coolant spills, rinse it off immediately.

  13. Remove the crash pad.
  15. Remove the cross member.
  17. Remove the mounting nut (A), the mounting bolts (B) and heater AND evaporator unit (C).

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    Fig. Heater and evaporator unit diagram

  19. Remove the side bracket (C).
  21. Remove the clip and lower cover. Be careful not to bend the inlet and outlet pipes during heater core and evaporator core removal.

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    Fig. Side bracket removal diagram

  23. Disconnect the 7P connector (A) from the temperature actuator (C). Remove the self-tapping screws (B) and the temperature actuator (C) from the heater unit.

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    Fig. Temperature actuator diagram


To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse order of removal, note these items:

    Make sure temperature actuator runs smoothly.
    If you're installing a new evaporator, add refrigerant oil.
    Replace the O-rings with new ones at each fitting, and apply a thin coat of refrigerant oil before installing them. Be sure to use the right O-rings for R-134a to avoid leakage.
    Immediately after using the oil, replace the cap on the container, and seal it to avoid moisture absorption.
    Do not spill the refrigerant oil on the vehicle, it may damage the paint. If the refrigerant oil contacts the paint, wash it off immediately.
    Apply sealant to the grommets.
    Make sure that there is no air leakage.
    Charge the system and test its performance.
    Do not interchange the inlet and outlet heater hoses. Be sure to install the hose clamps securely.
    Refill the cooling system with engine coolant and check for leaks.