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A/C Delco replacement compressor hose slightly different than original

bmillar on Thu July 04, 2013 10:07 PM User is offline

Year: 1992
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Silverado
Engine Size: 5.0
Country of Origin: Canada

I bought a replacement A/C Delco compressor hose for my truck and it's slightly different than factory. The metal portion of the hose coming off the compressor (that goes to the evaporator) is slightly longer and the rubber portion is slightly shorter (everything else is basically identical). Although it is the same length, the inflexibility of the longer metal portion means that the rubber portion now kinks. Is it possible to bend the metal portion to start the bend in the proper direction?

bmillar on Thu July 04, 2013 10:18 PM User is offline

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GM Tech on Fri July 05, 2013 2:12 AM User is offline

absolutely possible

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bmillar on Fri July 05, 2013 7:57 AM User is offline

How do I bend it without crimping it?

iceman2555 on Fri July 05, 2013 10:32 AM User is offlineView users profile

Mount the hose/manifold and then make slight modifications to remove the kink. Small modifications at a time should prevent the possible kinking of the metal section. Just take your time and be very careful.
Should discover that the adjustment does not need to be drastic.
Good luck!

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mollygomez on Fri November 01, 2013 1:01 AM User is offline

Originally posted by: bmillar
How do I bend it without crimping it?

Heat it up a little then it will be easier for you to bend without crimping. I hope this will definitely help you out.

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