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Anybody done an evaporator change out?

If so, how big of a pain in the ass is it? Any tips or tricks? Any time saver bits you can share? The FSM makes it sound easy, but I can envision it being a real task.
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First one took over 12 hours, last one done in 5. I'm sure there is a how to write up somewhere on this site.
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I've done both my Concordes. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other until done. I recommend the OEM evap. simply because they don't play games with leaving out important functional details and you know it will be plug-n-play. Be sure to get the OEM HVAC reseal kit. I forget if you have to buy it separately or it comes with the evap. - better ask. They've done away with the foam drip tray - probably a good idea - it generally rots anyway.

When you think the dash cover is ready to lift out, if it feels like something is holding it in place, then it is - there's at least one more fastener still needing to be removed. When all fasteners have been removed, it will come off with little effort - lift up while simultaneously rolling it to the rear (up and over the reinforcement bar).

My biggest fear was punching a hole in the dashboard cover with the shifter while lifting it out. My wife came up with the idea of putting a blanket under the cover while lifting it off - one person at passenger door, the other at driver's door. It's not that heavy, just long and therefore awkward. Agree which side it's coming out, then one person backs away from the door opening, the other crawls into the car on the other side onto the seat. By the time it's 1/3 to half way out the one side, the person on that side can pretty much lift the whole thing and walk it totally out - again, it's not very heavy. The helper needs to grab one end when you're ready to set it down. Of course have a clear area prepared to set it on - maybe covered with another blanket.


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Thank you gentlemen, I knew if anybody knew the tricks it would be you Bill.
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I may be a bit late in my response, but I learned my lesson by not listening to PEVA the first time. Throw some UV dye in when you recharge!
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I lucked out. I was thinking the worst, but the problem has been resolved. As we were drawing down the system to see if it held vacuum, discovered that the schrader valves for the low side and high side connections were leaking. Replaced both valves, system held vacuum, recharged and added dye to make sure, and its been good and icy cold since then. That's important when you live near the face of the sun here in Florida. Thanks everyone for your replies and input!
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Cool! (Literally)

(And thanks, Kinyin.)
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Our '03 suburban was having the same thing... ended up that we overcharged the system causing it to make weird noises before we finally found it.
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