RE: [DMCForum] AC High Pressure Hose Leaking Badly, replacement advice??
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RE: [DMCForum] AC High Pressure Hose Leaking Badly, replacement advice??

I am not familiar with the two-piece hose but can tell you what Walt came up
with.  Remember Walt? :)

He said some people bend the lower section of the frame where the crimped-on
ends exit instead of raising the body.  This also damages the epoxy.  

He bought a length of the correct hose, taped the ends to prevent trash from
getting in, and ran it through the frame and tied it up at both ends.  Then
drove the car to an a/c shop and had them crimp the ends on.  This also
allowed the hoses to be trimmed to exact length.

As you know, the sooner you do this the better so moisture doesn't get in


-----Original Message-----
From: DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Joe OBrien
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 9:33 PM
To: DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DMCForum] AC High Pressure Hose Leaking Badly, replacement

Well I guess I should've knocked on wood when I was talking with a
friend last week that my ac has been working perfectly since I
recharged it last year.

Today when I was walking through my garage after work and as I walked
past the rear of 16851 I heard a faint hissing. Perplexed I opened the
louvers & engine cover to try to find the source of the hiss.

I figured it had to be the AC as what else would hiss? Anyway after
moving the hoses around trying to hear the leak better, I found if I
move the high pressure line around a bit the tone of the hissing leak
changes, so that must be where the leak is near.

So I'm leaking out about $80 worth of R12 slowly, as 7 hours later it
is still hissing.

I'm thinking of buying the new 2 piece hoses from specialtauto.

Anyone have anything good or bad to say about the two piece hoses? I
really don't want to lift the body an inch to install the 1 piece lines.

Thankfully it isn't summer yet and I can get it fixed before the
heatwave this summer.

Can't complain too much as the original seals held up for almost 25
years on 16851.

Just a bummer as I had the AC working perfectly last summer after Dave
Bauerle tweaked it for me and installed new ac vent vacuum servos.

So any good or bad points on the two piece hoses from anyone who has
installed them?


Joe O'Brien


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