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98 Avenger Corroded HP Tubing Connections Question

blkvet95 on Sat February 21, 2009 1:45 PM User is offline

Year: 1998
Make: Dodge
Model: Avenger ES
Engine Size: 2.5L
Refrigerant Type: 134A
Ambient Temp: 33
Pressure Low: 0
Pressure High: 0
Country of Origin: United States

Daughter's car was in a front end collision. Replaced the condenser. Tubing from condenser to receiver/dryer was damaged. Awaiting new part. As I was taking the damaged fittings apart to remove them, the aluminum connection block bolt head snapped off at the reciever/dryer and also at the original old condenser block connector.

This happened even after soaking with PB blaster.

Since I was changing out the condenser, I cut off the tubing and connection block and placed it in my bench vise to get a closer look at the problem. The aluminum connector blocks are corroded with white aluminum oxide inside the bolt hole on one side off the block just under the sheared off bolt head. I soaked it for a while again with PB annd with channel locks was finally able to get the connection apart.

Have purchased a new receiver/dryer, but I'm concerned about getting the other fitting off that connects with tubing back to the evaporator as the other end of that line can't be reached at the firewall. So, if the bolt breaks on the evaporator, I may have to cut the end of the line to get it off.....therfore, is there a flaring kit I can purchase that will reflare the end of the aluminum tubing for the O ring connection ?

Can't seem to find an AC tubing flaring kit for doing these type of O ring connection tubing flares.

Any ideas what options I have?


Edited: Sat February 21, 2009 at 3:49 PM by blkvet95

blkvet95 on Sat February 21, 2009 5:42 PM User is offline

Never mind, today I drilled out the bolt connecting the aluminum block fitting to the receiver dryer liquid line to the evaporator and installed the new receiver dryer. Left the rubber plug in the inlet port as I'm now just waiting for the new line back to the condenser


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