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Q: Where Is the A/C Evaporator Typically Located?

A: The A/C evaporator absorbs the heat, removes humidity from the air, and distributes it to the cabin. The process involves the refrigerant taking on the heat from the air blown through it and changing it into a gaseous state by evaporating and returning it to the A/C condenser.

You can typically find the evaporator stored inside a block casing behind the glove compartment.

Some models have two evaporators, one in the instrument panel or at the vehicle’s front. The other one is typically at the vehicle’s rear, behind a side panel or in the ceiling above the rear passengers.

Tips on How to Access the A/C Evaporator

Before attempting to access the evaporator, take out the car battery and unbolt the two pipes behind it by using a wrench. These pipes are connected to the A/C system.

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Use a screwdriver to remove the glove compartment and the black housing behind it. Note that the exact location of the housing and the removal method could vary depending on the vehicle.

If the housing is damaged, it might be best to repair or replace it. Make sure your replacements are compatible with your ride for a hassle-free installation.

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