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b_fuss on Thu March 31, 2011 1:03 PM User is offline

Year: 2000
Make: chevy
Model: k2500
Engine Size: 7.4l
Refrigerant Type: ?
Country of Origin: United States



I had to replace the main hose that runs from the compressor to the condenser and to the drier. The ends were frozen to the condenser. I did get it off finally, but it took most of the threads with it. Can new ends be installed or do I need a new condenser?

Thanks Bill

I can not do another summer without air.

GM Tech on Thu March 31, 2011 1:16 PM User is offline

Welcome to galvanic corrosion..(aluminum and steel are not friends). It's a judgement call--depending on how bad the threads are-- I have done it both ways- But new hose threads should be able to work on partial condenser threads. I use an old hose thread connector as a die, to make sure the threads on the condenser are worthy first.. then attach the new hose. Be sure it gets started straight is the main thing.

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b_fuss on Thu March 31, 2011 1:28 PM User is offline

Thanks for the reply, where can I get the new theaded ends?

JACK ADAMS on Thu March 31, 2011 1:52 PM User is offline

They do not offer a replacement thread fittings for this condenser. here is a link for a New One. Hope this helps and good luck.

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Edited: Thu March 31, 2011 at 1:55 PM by Automotive Air Conditioning Information Moderator

b_fuss on Thu March 31, 2011 2:09 PM User is offline

Thanks to you both.

If I am going to have to buy a new condenser. My understanding is once the system is opened up I should replace the drier too? Is there anything else I should get?
Wow this forum is great real answers from people that know. Not the hacks that seem to troll other boards.

Cussboy on Thu March 31, 2011 2:26 PM User is offline

Agree, felt I was fortunate about 13 months ago with my 1994 Suburban when I was able to get both fittings of the accumulator off without damage to change it. And fortunate a year prior to that when I changed my manifold hose assembly, one line to the condenser, and was able to get everything apart OK.

bohica2xo on Thu March 31, 2011 3:08 PM User is offline

2000 model year? Time for a new dryer.

The condensor is the primary filter on newer systems, and a replacement is the best choice.

Your statement "I can not do another summer without air" raises the questions:

1) How long has the system been inoperative?

2) What caused it to become inoperative?

3) Has it been open to atmosphere for any length of time?

B.

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~ Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi, An Autobiography, M. K. Gandhi, page 446.

b_fuss on Thu March 31, 2011 3:47 PM User is offline

Last year was the first summer with out air, right before it got hot last year I took of the broken hose. Put the new one on, but one line would not tighten very well ( stripped) from lack of threads.
So the system is not sealed, but the lines are all connected. I dont know if this makes a big difference or not. I really appriciate the help.

Cussboy on Fri April 01, 2011 1:59 PM User is offline

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I took of the broken hose. Put the new one on, but one line would not tighten very well ( stripped) from lack of threads.

So the system is not sealed, but the lines are all connected. I dont know if this makes a big difference or not.


Yes, you absolutely need a new accumulator. And hope that your oil didn't absorb too much moisture from the atmosphere...

b_fuss on Fri April 01, 2011 2:03 PM User is offline

Thinking back I remember when the line broke it sprayed/ dusted the whole engine bay with oil. The line broke after I changed the power steering pump, should have been more careful when moving the compressor out of the way.

*Should I just go ahead and replace the compressor too?
*Also can you guys help me put together this parts list?

Chick on Fri April 01, 2011 7:49 PM User is offlineView users profile

Send an e-mail to the guys at Ackits.com and let them make the parts list for you..I doubt you need to replaces the compressor, but it should be removed and flushed with fresh oil to "clean" it out, drained and the right amount of oil added back to the system...you won't beat Ackit's prices, so it do it right and you'll do it once.....

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Chick on Fri April 01, 2011 9:33 PM User is offlineView users profile

That e-mail adress should be [email protected] and explain that you have a post here and they can go over it..you'll get the best advice.....

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