Changing the A/C filter

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Old_Timer, May 6, 2004.

  1. Old_Timer

    Old_Timer Guest

    My Sonata is a 2000 model and now has only 34,000 miles. Today I
    figured it was much overdue for its first A/C filter change.

    Now, that a real tricky operation, gaining access to the A/C filter.

    Anyhow I got it out. It really was rather dirty. I took it in hand
    and went to Hyundai dealer parts counter. The parts man did not
    appear to be very knowledgeable about this part. At first he said
    that the paper element comes out of the plastic frame and is sold
    separately. I said "fine", it will cost less that way. After
    examining the old filter more closely he decided that the two did NOT
    separate. The he pulled it up on his computer and said that they did
    not stock this part and a special order was required. He said it
    would take two days and I said OK.

    Then one of the Techs walked by and the parts man called him over and
    said, "look at how dirty this filter is after only 34,000 miles". It
    was obvious that the Tech was not familiar with the A/C filters. He
    asked "How didja get that outta there?". I simply told him I dropped
    the glove box and let it go at that. He alluded that this shop had
    never changed out a Sonata A/C filter as far as he knew.

    I now am hoping that the part will come in within two days as I am
    driving my truck and not the Sonata until I get the new filter and put
    it back together again.

    Old_Timer (still shade treeing in my seventies)
    Old_Timer, May 6, 2004
  2. Old_Timer

    hyundaitech Guest

    It's ok to run your car without the filter. Some vehicles were not
    equipped with the filter from the factory. The cars that have these
    filters are still relatively new. I've never replaced one either.
    hyundaitech, May 6, 2004
  3. Old_Timer

    Old_Timer Guest

    I realize that the base model Sonatas did not come with a filter
    installed. However, they can accept a filter. I also realize that I
    could drive it without the filter but I would rather just leave it in
    the garage until I get it back together. Thanks for the reply.

    Old_Timer, May 6, 2004
  4. Old_Timer

    Old_Timer Guest

    The new filter came in on the special order and is now installed.
    Hyundai recommends that the A/C filter be changed once a year. Mine
    went for four years and was quite dirty when I took it out.

    Changing the filter is kind of tricky on the first try, but now that I
    have gone through it once I realize it is not difficult. It only took
    me 20 minutes to put it back together.

    Old_Timer, May 8, 2004
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