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Orifice tube repair kit?

newton5 on Sat June 28, 2008 12:15 AM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 1985
Make: Lincoln
Model: Mark VII LSC
Engine Size: 5.0
Refrigerant Type: none :)
Pressure Low: 0
Pressure High: 0
Country of Origin: United States

Why does Murphy dictate that I will only find "stupid" AC problems on my own cars?

I recently picked up another Lincoln Mark VII. While looking over the AC, I noticed that the evaporator inlet tube is kinked almost closed right behind the connector. I can tell exactly what happened. Some goof decided he needed more clearance to get to the spark plugs on that side, so he yanked the liquid line out of the way!! It's pretty busy on that side of the engine bay.

I would rather take a beating than pull the instrument panel and suitcase on that car. I've done it 4 times between my other 2 Marks, that's enough. (Especially since I'm not getting paid for the job).
The tube sticks out of the firewall about 3", so I was thinking that I could cut the tube and install an o-tube repair kit. Of course, I don't like the idea of introducing another possible leak point, but the alternative isn't too appealing either. I've never used one of those repair kits and don't know for sure if one is even available for that application.
Does this sound like a viable repair, or am I just being a wuss? Any thoughts?

JJM on Sat June 28, 2008 8:24 AM User is offline

I say go for it... you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Worse comes to worse, you pull the dash and replace the evap - something you'd normally have to do and obviously become pretty good at (unfortunately).


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newton5 on Sun June 29, 2008 3:27 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks JJM. That is pretty much what I was thinking.
It's not "hard" to replace that evaporator, it's just time consuming and a PITA in general. My plate is pretty full these days with work and other things. It's hard to make the time for a project like that.
I've also noticed that, as I get older, my enthusiasm for instrument panel removal has diminished. There was a time when I would knock that job out in an evening after work. I can't do those late night sessions in the shop like I used to.

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