Rear a/c leak

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  1. jimz

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    My 2008 Expedition had a hole rubbed in the A/C line to the rear. I'm not sure exactly where. Ford was going to charge almost $500. I went to local mechanic and for just under $175 (I think that is what is was) the line was repaired. How he did it I was told was to splice the line where all Ford would do was install a complete factory line. Easy Peasey repair the mechanic said.
     
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    Jimz thank you for that. I think I'll try that first. I don't see how that wouldn't work!

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    Was it the high pressure or low pressure side? I think splicing the high side may be an issue, but certainly worth a shot if it works.
     
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    Not sure where the leak was, high or low. All I know is he found the hole, maybe with leak detector?, then cut damage out, added flare nuts and reflared tubes. Then a male x male fitting to rejoin his damage. That has been a couple years ago and no leaks or need to recharge.

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    I found the leak! What do you guys think? Should I splice it with the dorman 3/8" ac line kit or braze it with an aluminum rod and a mapp gas torch? It's about an inch long

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    It's in a bad spot so if I want to braze it I would have to use something as heat shield to keep the torch away from the coolant lines, brake line and air line going to the rear. I don't think I could get wrenches in there to splice it.

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    I'm thinking about buying this and covering the entire area except right where I be torching the line. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/372108157376
    The system is empty. The AC worked on my test drive but not very well and stopped working by the time I bought the car. There is pag oil and green dye all over right around the hole. Is there any reason to evacuate the system before doing this? Shouldn't take but ten minutes once I have the torch, aluminum rod and fire blanket

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    Have you priced what a replacement line would cost? Depending on how long you plan to keep the vehicle would be a big determining factor on $$ you want to spend.
     
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    I'm with 17 limited. I'd replace the line, and maybe put something behind the area that it's rubbing against. A hunk of foam, or maybe an old piece of bicycle/motorcycle inner tube. I looked into it and R134 freon is not flammable, but definitely evacuate if you going to attempt brazing. If the crack is small enough, why not use JB weld around the crack. I've had good luck with it in the past.

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    Getting wrenches up there or brazing would stink. Also Its so close to the bend a splice just wouldn't happen.

    I personally would try to find a replacement line even if its from a junk yard.

    I've successfully repaired aluminum on plenty of AC systems but the aluminum is pretty thin and really takes some work. plus trying not to over heat the piping and you have all the other junk around it.

    Thats being said if its a suction line(low pressure) you may want to try a 2 part epoxy as a temp solution. Ive done it on many low pressure systems to buy some time but never attempted it on a vehicle.
     

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