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2002 Corrola Reoccuring Leak at Condenser Fitting

vancestoyko on Thu June 19, 2008 12:25 PM User is offline

Year: 2002
Make: Toyota
Model: Corrola
Engine Size: 1.8 lite
Refrigerant Type: R134A
Ambient Temp: 80*F
Pressure Low: 30 psi
Pressure High: 199 psi
Country of Origin: Canada

Has anyone come across a refrigerant leak on a 2002 Corrola at the discharge hose to condenser fitting O-ring? Mine has had a minor leak for a year or two so yesterday I replaced the O-ring (twice) and the leak is still present. I sure would like to know if there is any past experience with this before I tackle it for a third time? I'm using a TIFZX-1 electronic detector and it continues to pinpoint a leak at the compressor discharge hose to condenser fitting. I've solvent cleaned and purged the area with compressed air several times before leak testing. Any help or tip is certainly appreciated.

GM Tech on Thu June 19, 2008 12:37 PM User is offline

Solvents will give false readings to a leak detector-- be sure you still have the leak-- time for some big blu or even soap bubbles....

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mk378 on Thu June 19, 2008 1:12 PM User is offline

If the metal is corroded or otherwise damaged at the spots where the o-ring seals to it, it will leak. I agree though try a different leak testing method to confirm.

HECAT on Thu June 19, 2008 1:14 PM User is offline

Make sure the sealing surfaces are clean with no defects, and the o-ring is lubricated.

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chris142 on Thu June 19, 2008 9:16 PM User is offline

Toytota lines tend to crack either where the o-Ring is or right above the O-Ring and below the nut if it's that style.

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