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1993 Saturn Advice

Mustang4fn on Mon October 05, 2009 10:07 PM User is offline

Year: 1993
Make: Saturn
Model: SL2
Engine Size: 1.9L
Refrigerant Type: R12
Country of Origin: United States

Hello all,

I went to pull out my cooling fan assembly today as the motor was toast, and one of the ac lines had to be moved a little in order to get the whole assembly out. As the fan pushed passed the hose, I heard a slight crack. After I got it completely out, I heard a faint hissing sound. I pulled out a spray bottle with soap and water and I found more than a handful of small pinholes and my freon leaking from the hose. The hose is hosed!!! I've yet to put the fan assembly back, as I wanted to get some advice. How would all of you proceed? Should I go purchase the hose, add a little oil, vacuum, and charge or should I start replacing other components? We're the original owners, the ac has only been worked on maybe once with a recharge and has always cooled (although in the past year or so the cooling has declined a little). Just wanted to get some advice. I'm in Phx, so I'm hoping if I need to replace parts AMA has them (including the hose).

Thanks in advance!

TRB on Mon October 05, 2009 11:00 PM User is offlineView users profile

I would fix the leaks and follow the normal charging procedures. Adding some oil is a judgment call, do you see a oil on you connections or leak areas?

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Mustang4fn on Mon October 05, 2009 11:11 PM User is offline

Yeah it did leak a little oil out of the pinholes. Do you carry the hose down at AMA?

TRB on Mon October 05, 2009 11:25 PM User is offlineView users profile

We can rebuild a hose set if it just leaking in the rubber section?

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Mustang4fn on Mon October 05, 2009 11:59 PM User is offline

I believe the port on this particular hose was also leaking. I thought possibly the noise could have been coming from either of the ports so I took the caps off. The one from the pinholed hose was leaking and it doesn't look like it can be changed out.

JACK ADAMS on Tue October 06, 2009 1:17 PM User is offline

I believe this will take the GM primary valve as a replacement valve core and yes they all can be changed. As TRB stated, we can rebuild hoses as well as repair cracked lines for the a/c system, steel or aluminum. Hope this helps and let us know if we can help any further.

Mustang4fn on Tue October 06, 2009 5:11 PM User is offline

Sounds like a plan. If I drop the hose off, how long would it take to rebuild, and around what price range would it be?

Thanks again for all of the help!

JACK ADAMS on Tue October 06, 2009 6:35 PM User is offline

You be looking about $40.00 with the valve.

Mustang4fn on Tue October 20, 2009 9:46 PM User is offline

Ok everyone, I purchased the discharge hose (sorry AMA, I found it at Saturn, brand new for just over $30.00), installed it and started the entire process of evacuation and charge. To my dismay I heard a noise during this time and assumed it must be the suction line that possibly cracked as well (just because I didn't purchase that one, my dumb luck) during my fun times taking out the radiator fan. I started listening closer and found that the noise was coming from the expansion valve which the suction line ties into, as well as a tube to the evaporator on the firewall of the car. It sounds like it's the lower one (the tube to the evaporator) that is leaking. The entire expansion valve is also covered in oil/grease/etc..looks like it has been at least slowly leaking for awhile.

Ok, here is my question now, how should I proceed? Could it just be the o-rings? I'm almost to the point of just taking the car to AMA and having them fix and evacuate the system, as I have the capabilities of acquiring and charging the system myself.

Any advice? AMA guys, estimatewise, how much could we be talking here?

Thanks again!

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