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Need gasket to compressor or make my own

JerryHughes on Fri December 05, 2008 11:37 AM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 1997
Make: Saturn
Model: SL
Engine Size: 1.9 L
Refrigerant Type: R-134a
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Pressure Low: ?
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Country of Origin: United States

Hello,

I hope someone can direct me in the right direction. When installing a rebuild compressor, I lost the intake O-ring into the compressor. I tried fishing it out and flushing it out but can't even see it. I have to take the whole end of the compressor housing off to get to the lost O-ring. It is the large, maybe 6 inch in diameter O-ring that fits on the outside of the compressor housing itself. I've tried contacting the manufacturer but that has not resulted in any info.

The compressor is a Ready Aire and the kit I need (which would include the gasket) is part #2769 for the 2388 compressor. I have found out that it isn't available in the U.S. but only in Mexico. Would anyone know what gasket material I would need to cut my own and how thick it would need to be? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks,

Jerry

dasinc on Fri December 05, 2008 1:53 PM User is offlineView users profile

Which o-ring dropped into the compressor? One of the small o-rings that seal the hose to the compressor? If so are you sure that it went in? It's usually not easy for them to just drop in there because it's a small opening unless it was pushed in. I would check all around the area amd make sure it didn't drop somewhere else. I would hesitate to take the compressor apart because you'll void your warranty. If you need to do it gasket sets are readily available. The gasket that I assume you're talking about is usually a metal seal. Check with the host of this forum for the gasket set. I'm sure they have access to them. If not, e-mail me.

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iceman2555 on Fri December 05, 2008 6:41 PM User is offlineView users profile

A bit of confusion....installing a rebuilt compressor and the large oring/gasket was lost back into the compressor......??? Why was the compressor apart for reinstallation...or is this a 'do it yourself' rebuild? Not sure how a 6 in. diameter 'fell' into the compressor.
However, from my build sheet, there does not seem to be any gasket/oring that is located on the 'outside' of the compressor. There are several large orings/case sealing that are part of the compressor case...is it possible that this is the gasket/oring in question. Some are oring type and others are molded gaskets....?
What ever the case, if the suspected gasket is truly ' in the case' the compressor should be disassembled and the gasket/oring located and removed. There is simply not an excessive amount of space inside the case to accommodate this intruder.
There are four gaskets, front valve plate, rear valve plate, rear head gasket and a center case molder gasket and two case orings....let us know a bit more.....perhaps we can assist with location. However, the best bet...get the old one out of the compressor!!!
Good luck.

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JerryHughes on Fri December 05, 2008 6:49 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks Travis and iceman. The small o-ring from the intake line fell into the compressor. Is there some way I can download a photo of the compressor to this site? I have a drawing with arrows pointing to the gasket I need. Thank you both!

Jerry

JerryHughes on Fri December 05, 2008 6:51 PM User is offlineView users profile

I think I have the photo uploaded. Please try this------- http://www.autoacforum.com/forumimages/Gasket on compressor photo.jpg



Thanks,
Jerry

Chick on Fri December 05, 2008 7:12 PM User is offlineView users profile



Here's you pic..Now the question.. You didn't buy a redi air compressor with the back section off did you?? and if not, why was the compressor taken apart? Between the two red arrows is a compressor body gasket, you need to take it apart to get it out and see if it's an O ring or gasket material.. I'm not sure...

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JerryHughes on Sat December 06, 2008 12:43 AM User is offlineView users profile

Hi Chick,

No, the compressor was completely assembled when I bought it. But since I "lost" the small, intake o-ring inside the compressor (on the right side of the compressor in the photo) I have to take the end of the compressor off to retrieve the small o-ring, then re-assemble the end to the rest of the compressor. But before I re-assemble, I will need a new, large gasket where you see the red arrows. Any information you or others can give me on where I can get a new gasket or "cut my own" from the proper gasket material? Thanks,

Jerry

JerryHughes on Sat December 06, 2008 12:20 PM User is offlineView users profile

Went out this morning and looked at the "gasket" and it does not look like it's made of rubber. I cut a little piece off and it looks like a regular gasket. It's colored reddish, like a pencil eraser---if that helps. Does anyone know if I can cut my own or where I can buy one? Thanks for any help!

Jerry

iceman2555 on Sat December 06, 2008 6:51 PM User is offlineView users profile

There is good....probably very good chance that once the rear head is removed, the gasket will not be damaged. Accomplished several tear down/evaluations on a similar unit this week and in most instances the gaskets were not damaged during the removal process. One of the units had a complete tear down, evaluation and then was re assembled using all the old gaskets. Then run thru leak and pressure testing modes...all worked good. Just be very careful with the removal and all should be good.
Good luck.

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The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

JerryHughes on Sat December 06, 2008 8:00 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks, iceman! That's good news. But if I screw it up or the gasket doesn't come out easily or tears, etc., would there be a gasket out there somewhere that would fit my compressor??? I like to cover all my bases and would prefer having the option of putting a new gasket on, if possible. (Murphy's Law) Ha. When I picked at the little bit of gasket that I could get to, it seemed awfully crumbly. Thanks again.

Jerry

Edited: Sun December 07, 2008 at 9:56 AM by JerryHughes

iceman2555 on Sun December 07, 2008 3:42 PM User is offlineView users profile

Some gaskets are very difficult to obtain. Mainly being supplied to a specialized market...manufactures or remanufactures. There are several suppliers for these parts, however, they do not normally sell outside the market. Not sure if ackits has these units or not....may give them a call...or perhaps TRB will answer. I would be surprised if they do have them.
That being said, the missing oring needs to be removed from the unit.
Good luck!!!




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The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

JerryHughes on Sun December 07, 2008 5:21 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks for your info, keman.

Jerry

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