Kia Soul: Condenser Repair procedures - Air Conditioning System - Heating,Ventilation, Air ConditioningKia Soul: Condenser Repair procedures

Kia Soul EV (PS EV) 2015-2020 Service Manual / Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning / Air Conditioning System / Condenser Repair procedures

Inspection
1.
Check the condenser fins for clogging and damage. If clogged, clean them with water, and blow them with compressed air. If bent, gently bend them using a screwdriver or pliers.
2.
Check the condenser connections for leakage, and repair or replace it, if required.
Replacement
   
Be sure to read and follow the “General Safety Information and Caution” before doing any work related with the high voltage system. Failure to follow the safety instructions may result in serious electrical injuries.
Be sure to shut off the high voltage before doing any work related with the high voltage system(Refer to "High Voltage Shut-off Procedure"). Failure to follow the safety instructions may result in serious electrical injuries.
1.
Recover the refrigerant with a recovery/ recycling/ charging station.
   
Do not use the same A/C recovery / charging station as conventional belt-driven compressors.
Since the electric compressor uses high-voltage, you should use POE oil which have high volumetric resistivity.
If PAG oil mixes into the POE oil of the system, dielectric breakdown may occur due to decreased volumetric resistivity and the A/C compressor may not work.
2.
Disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal.
3.
Shut off the high voltage circuit. (Refer to EV Battery System - "High Voltage Shut-off Procedure")
4.
Remove the front bumper cover.
(Refer to Body - "Front Bumper Cover")
5.
Remove the side air guard (A) by pulling it upward after pressing the locking hook in the direction of the arrow.
[LH]

[RH]

6.
Remove the refrigerant line (A) after loosening the mounting nuts.
7.
Separate the condenser (C) from the radiator after loosening the mounting bolt.
[LH]

[RH]

8.
Remove the condenser assembly (A) from the radiator assembly.

9.
Install in the reverse order of removal and note the followings :
If you''re installing a new condenser, add refrigerant oil (POE 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.
Be careful not to damage the radiator and condenser fins when installing the condenser.
Be sure to install the lower mount cushions of condenser securely into the holes.
Charge the system, and test its performance.
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