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Extending A/C Hose?

BonesDT on Sat June 21, 2008 6:17 PM User is offline

Year: 1999
Make: Ford
Model: Explorer
Engine Size: 4.0 SOHC
Refrigerant Type: R-134a
Country of Origin: United States

I have a 3" body lift on my truck. This tightens the A/C an puts it very close to the fan belt and tensioner pulley. When my fan belt blew out, it took out a hole in the hose.

Is there an easy way I can extend the new hose to prevent this?


99 Ford Explorer

89 Dodge Dakota

Chick on Sat June 21, 2008 6:23 PM User is offlineView users profile

You can contact the guys at for a price and turn in the shop to make a new hose from your old one. Probably take all of a day to fix and return mail to you, and they can extend it to any length you want using your old fittings..Hope this helps..

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BonesDT on Sat June 21, 2008 7:50 PM User is offline

Here's how I see my options:
1) I could do it myself if I cut the hose, and use a 3" hose extension, 2 double-sided barbs (inserts), and radiator style clamps or an AC hose repair kit. Would this be strong enough for the pressure? Would the reduced inside diameter of the barbs effect the refrigerant flow?
2) Can you undo the factory crimps and recrimp them on a new hose? This would be ideal in that a new hose, 3 inches longer than stock, could be swapped in and give a 100% clean stock finish.
3) Otherwise, if the hose were cut and a 3" hose was added using 2 new double-sided ferrules, the ferrules would cover the entire 3" hose and I would have this block of stiff metal hose.
4) Another option would be to extend the metal line by the accumulator.

99 Ford Explorer

89 Dodge Dakota

mk378 on Sat June 21, 2008 9:00 PM User is offline

Definitely have a hose shop do factory-style crimps directly onto the metal ends. Do not try to cut and extend the hose. Barrier style hose tends to slip apart and leak when just clamped with hose clamps.

Edited: Sat June 21, 2008 at 9:09 PM by mk378

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