Engine Size: 3.8
Refrigerant Type: r134a
i've been researching air conditioning stuff for the last few days, and all i've gotten out of it, is a headache. i need to make or alter my a/c lines so that i can put my accumulator/dryer where my battery was because theres a turbo where it used to sit. can i use the existing lines and a splice and more line to it? i believe the answer is yes. but what fittings do i use? i've seen barbed fittings and don't understand how to use them. and i've see a style that goes in and over the hose that is made for bubble crimping. i keep seeing the word ferrule and don't understand what it is or where\when they are used. i'm planning on switching to a different accumulator since mine comes with a hose and is slightly more costly than most. if there are any links to information on doing this they would be appreciated as well. thanx in advance
Rather than try to splice, you should remove the whole length of hose and replace it with a longer one. Cut the ferrules off and crimp new hose and ferrules onto the existing fittings. The ferrule is the sleeve that fits over the outside of the hose and is then crimped down to make the seal and hold it in place.
"Cut the ferrules off and crimp new hose and ferrules onto the existing fittings"
i apologize for my ignorance. so i cut the ferrule.. which is the bubble crimped part? and then the fitting, which is a barbed piece of tubing? will come out of the hose. i insert the old fitting in a new hose with a ferrule over it and crimp the ferrule on the hose over the barbed piece of tubing?
You will need a hose crimp tool.
AS MK378 stated, you replace the rubber sections and in most cases need to weld on a bead lock connection to do this if your working with a manifold set. Many fittings are available but you still need to crimp the ferrule.
Sample of some fittings.
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