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Old 05-21-2002, 12:44 AM
tcane tcane is offline
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If the hole is in the rubber hose section of the AC line, then replace the rubber hose. Many AC parts suppliers rebuild AC hoses for home and commercial applications. I had both of my AC hoses rebuilt by replacing the rubber hose section to the metal ends - works great and cost about $40 to have both hoses rebuilt. Make some phone calls to find a place that will rebuild your hose. Then look to see what caused the hose to fail in the first place and do what is needed to make sure the new AC line is not damaged again.

For the price you're being quoted, you could instead go to Sears and buy a tool assortment w/ toolbox, R&R the AC line yourself & have it rebuilt, and then take the car to have a vacuum drawn and charge the system with freon & oil. On eBay, freon R-12 is selling for $15-$20 per pound (a price range I've seen for R-12 not sold on eBay) and a reasonable mark-up would be $30-$35. Say they really put it to you on the R-12 and charge you $60 per pound, your system probably needs 3-4 pounds for total cost of freon of $180-$240, add a bit of oil for say $10-$15, and then the time to draw a vacuum and charge the system with freon & oil - about 1 to 1 1/2 hour at say a labor rate of $60 per hour - for a total of $255-$345. Repair cost of the old line at an AC supplier for about $20-$40. For the $500 you were quoted to have the AC line spliced, you would have about $100-$125 to buy a nice tool assortment from Sears and have an AC line that is completely reliable instead of spliced.

As to the compressor - try turning the compressor by hand. Feel how easily it turns, feel for roughness, and listen for odd sounds. If the compressor turns without binding and no odd noises, then it is probably OK. But, you really won't know until the AC line is repaired, freon/oil added, and then try running the compressor. The system is initially charged with freon and oil until there is enough freon pressure to trigger the compressor clutch to engage so the compressor begins to rotate - then the system is fully charged with freon while the compressor is rotating (obviously, the engine is running) using pressure gauges to monitor the pressure in the low and high sides of the AC system and adding freon until the pressure readings are in the proper range. Unless, your 190 calls for using what's called a "charging cylinder," which means that a specified amount of frreon is put into the charging cylinder (this amount is the full amount of freon your system is supposed to hold, so many pounds and ounces), oil is first added, and then the charging cylinder is connected to the low side AC line and the freon is added to your AC system until all the freon in the charging cylinder is gone. How long since the last time the compressor and AC system worked? If it worked OK before the loss of freon, then there is a reasonable chance the compressor will work after fixing the AC line.

A vacuum of 27 + inches of mercury should be drawn for 30 minutes to remove the moisture. Moisture will freeze and inhibit the proper functioning of the AC system. Also, drawing a vacuum will help remove crud if any has entered the AC system.

Good Luck!
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Last edited by tcane; 05-21-2002 at 01:39 AM.
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