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Old 01-09-2013, 09:51 PM
Retroboy1989 Retroboy1989 is offline
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Default A/C Hose Leak

I have done some searching and have found very little information on the subject. When tinkering on some other stuff, i noticed some bright yellow oil on a wiring harness on the driver's side of the engine bay....right next to the A/C compressor. It looks like this oil came from the A/C hose that connects the compressor to the radiator looking thing (Condenser??) in front of the engine radiator.

I tried every combo on the HVAC controls and I cannot get my A/C compressor to engage now. My theory is that all the refrigerant has leaked out from the spot where I can see the yellow oil coming from. I thought about it, and it makes sense that the compressor would not engage if there was little to no pressure in the system.

Now here is my question.... Do I buy the hose and replace it myself and then take it to a shop to be evacuated, or do I just take it to a shop now and let them deal with it? I know it takes quick disconnect tools, but what else would I need tool-wise? What other parts should I replace now? I have read that the dryer is toast if the system is compromised. If i need to replace the dryer, is it just best to wait until just before the system is to be evacuated? I dont want my system to be in-efficient because of poor installation. I REALLY dont want to ruin the compressor...

There is not alot of automotive repair work I can't do myself, but I am at a loss when it comes to the A/C systems.
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