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Old 07-26-2012, 06:18 PM
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I have a 2002 hyundai sonata that smells like spoiled meat when the blower is turned on-my mechanic thinks a mouse or something got into the system (the windows were left open) and died-it has been 100 degrees for an extended period of time-hopefully a cabin filter replacement may do the trick and some free-breeze. I would like some step by step instructions-on how to get at it to replace. Thanks in advance for the instructions.
Old 07-26-2012, 08:48 PM
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A cabin air filter isn't going to fix your problem but here's how to install one:



This bulletin describes the steps necessary to add or replace the cabin air filter for the XG, Sonata and Santa Fe vehicles (see table below for application and part numbers). The cabin air filter is a replaceable paper element filter that removes particulates such as dust from the air.

The cabin air filter for these vehicles is located in a slot between the blower motor and the air conditioning evaporator. It is accessed by removing the glove box and glove boxhousing.

The typical service interval is 12,000 miles or 1 year, whichever occurs first. More frequent maintenance may be required in very dusty environments which may clog the filter. A major benefit of the filter (if installed) is that it reduces the possibility that mold and mildew may accumulate on the evaporator. Particulate debris becomes trapped in the replaceable filter and is removed from the system during routine maintenance. Unwanted odors may also be remedied by replacing the air filter.

Replacement of the cabin air filter is considered a maintenance item and not covered under warranty.

  • Open the glove box and remove the 2 rubber stop blocks from each side of the glove box.
    • First pull the stop block toward you (1).
    • Then pull the front edge in toward the inside of the glove box and pull it out to remove it (2).
  • Remove the glove box damper by gently pulling the mounting pin out, then feed the mounting pin through the hole. Hold/support the glove box to prevent it from swinging wide open when the damper is removed. Lower the glove box.

For XG and Sonata produced after 3/29/03, skip to page 6.

  • Remove the 4 mounting screws for the glove box.
    • There are 2 cap screws with 10 mm heads (1).
    • The other 2 screws are phillips head sheet metal screws (2).
  • Remove the glove box and set aside.
  • For Santa Fe and XG only:Remove the cover on the right side of the glove box. This will provide access to the mounting screws of the glove box and housing.

  • Remove the glove box housing.
    • Remove the 2 Phillips screws (1) on each side of the housing.
    • Remove the nut (2) on the stud behind the glove box latch.
    • Unplug the glove box lamp.
    • Slide out the housing and set i t aside.
  • Move the lower dash panel out of the way by disconnecting the plastic lock tabs and pushing the panel down enough to gain access to the cabin air filter access door.

  • After pushing the lower cover away, you now have access to the filter door and filter.

  • Use your finger to pull the lock tab down and toward you to remove the filter access door.

  • CAREFULLY remove the air filter by sliding it straight out. Rough handling of the filter during removal may spill debris into the evaporator case or onto the floor.

  • Install a new cabin air filter. Insure the arrow points in the direction of airflow (arrow points toward evaporator).

  • Reassemble as follows:
    • Reinstall the filter cover.
    • Reinstall the lower dash panel.
    • Reinstall the glove box and connect the glove box lamp.
    • Reinstall the glove box, damper and rubber stops.
    • Reinstall the right side dash panel cover (XG and Santa Fe).
  • Swing (lower) the glove box down to gain access to the cabin air filter door.Twist the lock 90 counterclockwise to the horizontal position to unlock the door.

  • Remove the filter access door by pulling up and out on the lock.

  • Remove the upper filter by pulling on the grab tab at the bottom of the filter.

  • Remove the lower filter by lifting the filter (1), and when it gains enough clearance, pull it out like the upper filter (2).

  • The new filters (P/N 97619-3D000) have a beaded end on one side, and a grooved end on the opposite side.Install the lower filter with the beaded side down.Install the upper filter also with the beaded side down, and insure the bead and groove interlock.

  • Reassemble in reverse order.
Old 07-26-2012, 10:49 PM
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Thanks very detailed instructions-replacement should be problem free with these good instructions-Thanks Again
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Will these instructions apply to an '09 Sonata? Need to do mine as it's a bit overdue.
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No. Here is the procedure for 2006-10 Sonatas:

1. Remove the damper (A) from the glove box after removing side cover.

2. Open the glove box (A). Lower the glove box down completely by removing the glove box stopper (B) to the glove box.

3. Remove the filter cover (A) with pushing the ****.

4. Replace the air filter (B), install it after making sure of the direction of air filter.
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