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Damaged condenser on 2011 Limited 2.4L

There was a chicken coop or something on the highway today. Car in front of me didnít even brake until after running it over. Hit it pretty good and pulled off next exit. Cracked the PS fender liner and there was hissing coming from condenser and no cold A/C air after the fact. Iíve taken off the front end before but never worked on or replaced a condenser. Looked up parts and new ranges from $260+. Also the local pull yard has two and one looks to have one in good condition.

All that said looking for advice on what I should be checking for and how difficult a swap this would be. Not a mechanic but have worked on most of my cars when doable. Thanks in advance for any help.
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As a home DIY,, best you'll get done is replace condenser,, visit dealer and obtain new o-rings for each joint,, I dont know how your dealer is,, but I have mine keeping rings on hand for assembling A/C components.. if Hyundai dont have,, see Kia dealer too, for Optima

You'll want to have shop pull vacuum for 1hr minimum to boil out moisture real well, then charge system

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As a home DIY,, best you'll get done is replace condenser,, visit dealer and obtain new o-rings for each joint,, I dont know how your dealer is,, but I have mine keeping rings on hand for assembling A/C components.. if Hyundai dont have,, see Kia dealer too, for Optima

You'll want to have shop pull vacuum for 1hr minimum to boil out moisture real well, then charge system
Thanks for the response SBR. Sounds like I may just want to have someone do this if I'm going to take it in anyways to get moisture out and charge? Is that what you're saying all told?
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If system is empty due to leak,, you can change condenser yourself,, then take to a shop and ask them to vacuum it for 60-90 minutes,, let sit,, and then charge..

The longer it vacuum, the better job of moisture removal from within,, then when charged, the feel of the air will have a dry sharp effect feel about the air

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I accidentally drilled a hole in my condenser last year (was drilling on the bracket in front of the condenser, stupid stupid stupid). I replaced it myself with one from RockAuto for ~$83 shipped. (OSC brand I think.)

Then had the shop up the road vacuum and recharge the system, think it was $90-100.

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