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Kia Sportage: Heater Unit

Kia Sportage Third generation (SL) - (2011-2016) - Service and Repair Manual / Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning / Heater / Heater Unit

Components and Components Location

 Component Location

 Components

 Components

  1. Heater Case (LH)
  2. Heater Case (RH)
  3. Heater Lower Case
  4. Separator
  5. Shower Duct
  6. Heater Core
  7. Evaporator Core
  8. Evaporator Sensor
  9. Vent Door
  10. Vent Door
  11. Def Door
  12. Foot Door
  13. Temp Control Door
  14. Temp Control Door
  15. Temp Control Door
  16. Vent Door Arm
  17. Foot Lever
  18. Foot Door Arm
  19. Def Lever
  20. Mode Control Actuator
  21. Mode Cam
  22. Temp Control Actuator
  23. Temp Control Actuator
  24. Flange Seal
  25. Dram Hose
  26. Washer Spring
  27. Heater Core Cover
  28. Flange Seal
  29. Flange Seal

Repair procedures

Replacement

1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal.

2. Recover the refrigerant with a recovery/ recycling/ charging station.

3. When the engine is cool, drain the engine coolant from the radiator.

4. Remove the expansion valve cover (A).

5. Remove the bolts (A) and the expansion valve (B) from the evaporator core.

5. Remove the bolts (A) and the expansion valve (B) from the evaporator core.

Tightening torque: 7.8 ~ 11.7 N.m ( 0.8 ~ 1.2 kgf.m. 5.7 ~ 8.6 lb-ft)

CAUTION

CAUTION

Plug or cap the lines immediately after disconnecting them to avoid moisture and dust contamination.

6. Remove the expansion valve flange (A).

7. Disconnect the inlet (C) and outlet (D) heater hoses from the heater unit.

7. Disconnect the inlet (C) and outlet (D) heater hoses from the heater unit.

CAUTION

CAUTION

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.

8. Remove the cowl top cover.

(Refer to BD group - "Cowl Top Cover").

9. Loosen the cowl cross member mounting bolts (A).

10. Remove the steering handle and column.

10. Remove the steering handle and column.

(Refer to ST group - "Steering Column")

11. Remove the center console.

(Refer to BD group - "Center Console")

12. Disconnect the airbag connector (A).

13. Disconnect the connectors and then remove the left & right multi box (A).

13. Disconnect the connectors and then remove the left & right multi box (A).

14. Remove the left & right filler trim and than disconnect the connector

14. Remove the left & right filler trim and than disconnect the connector (A).

15. Remove the heater & blower unit after loosening mounting bolts (A).

15. Remove the heater & blower unit after loosening mounting bolts (A).

16. Loosen the cowl cross member mounting bolts (A) and then remove the crash

16. Loosen the cowl cross member mounting bolts (A) and then remove the crash pad and heater blower unit.

17. Disconnect the connectors and then remove the heater blower unit (A) from

17. Disconnect the connectors and then remove the heater blower unit (A) from crash pad.

18. Remove the blower unit (A) from heater unit (B) after loosening screws.

18. Remove the blower unit (A) from heater unit (B) after loosening screws.

19. Loosen the mounting screw and then remove the heater core cover (A).

19. Loosen the mounting screw and then remove the heater core cover (A).

20. Disconnect the heater core (A) from heater unit.

20. Disconnect the heater core (A) from heater unit.

21. Loosen the heater unit lower case mount screw and then remove the heater

21. Loosen the heater unit lower case mount screw and then remove the heater unit lower case (A).

22. Remove the evaporator core (A).

22. Remove the evaporator core (A).

23. Be careful that the inlet and outlet pipe are not bent during heater core

23. Be careful that the inlet and outlet pipe are not bent during heater core removal, and pull out the heater core.

24. Installation is the reverse order of removal.

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

  1. If you're installing a new evaporator, add refrigerant oil (ND-OIL8).
  2. 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 О-rings for R-134a to avoid leakage.
  3. Immediately after using the oil, replace the cap on the container, and seal it to avoid moisture absorption.
  4. 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
  5. Apply sealant to the grommets.
  6. Make sure that there is no air leakage.
  7. Charge the system and test its performance.
  8. Do not interchange the inlet and outlet heater hoses and install the hose clamps securely.
  9. Refill the cooling system with engine coolant.

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