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Old 05-09-2013, 08:22 PM
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Default Broken A/C line... help!!

Ok so last summer I was driving down the road and the a/c line that goes down in front of the pulleys got bit by a pulley and I have no idea how to fix the line or how to take it off to get a new one.

Does anybody know what line it may be or how to disconnect the line??
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:41 PM
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Perhaps if you post a pic it would help identify the location of this tube. But let me ask............first, you don't mention what engine you have, so I don't know...............Hmmm, me scratching my head pondering the odds of history repeating itself..............out comes my crystal ball......................me rubbing it.................genie comes out, we talk, smoke peace pipe.............do you have a SOHC 4.0? And if the answer is yes, then are you referring to the A/C line down by the harmonic balancer/crank pulley? And if the answer is yes, then we've got some talking to do, about your line AND why it got bit by the pulley AND how to fix the biting AND the line.

If it's not a 4.0 and at the location I mentioned, that pic or a better description of the vehicle (engine) and the location (which pulley?) becomes more important. Said another way, no I don't know what line it may be (yet), but please do tell me/us so we can help. FWIW, the internals on refrigeration systems should always be impeccibly clean and all moisture needs to be kept out; I hope you sealed it to keep out dirt and water even if the leak didn't get fixed. But if not, well, there is plan A. Or plan B. Or plan C.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:42 AM
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Perhaps if you post a pic it would help identify the location of this tube. But let me ask............first, you don't mention what engine you have, so I don't know...............Hmmm, me scratching my head pondering the odds of history repeating itself..............out comes my crystal ball......................me rubbing it.................genie comes out, we talk, smoke peace pipe.............do you have a SOHC 4.0? And if the answer is yes, then are you referring to the A/C line down by the harmonic balancer/crank pulley? And if the answer is yes, then we've got some talking to do, about your line AND why it got bit by the pulley AND how to fix the biting AND the line.

If it's not a 4.0 and at the location I mentioned, that pic or a better description of the vehicle (engine) and the location (which pulley?) becomes more important. Said another way, no I don't know what line it may be (yet), but please do tell me/us so we can help. FWIW, the internals on refrigeration systems should always be impeccibly clean and all moisture needs to be kept out; I hope you sealed it to keep out dirt and water even if the leak didn't get fixed. But if not, well, there is plan A. Or plan B. Or plan C.

Thanks for youre help... I waas thinking about a pitcure when writing this up but right now i am on vacation in Florida so I will post a picture when i get home which will be this weekend.

and Yes i have a 4.0 SOHC. I have a BL, which i dont know if that caused the bite or not.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:49 AM
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.......................do you have a SOHC 4.0? And if the answer is yes, then are you referring to the A/C line down by the harmonic balancer/crank pulley? And if the answer is yes, then we've got some talking to do, about your line AND why it got bit by the pulley AND how to fix the biting AND the line.

.................. FWIW, the internals on refrigeration systems should always be impeccibly clean and all moisture needs to be kept out; I hope you sealed it to keep out dirt and water even if the leak didn't get fixed. But if not, well, there is plan A. Or plan B. Or plan C.
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and Yes i have a 4.0 SOHC. I have a BL, which i dont know if that caused the bite or not.
NP, but I'm not sure what a BL is, my mind went blank. If it's a Bud Light, you can pass one my way. However, there are still unanswered questions (in bold above).
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:21 AM
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Ok so last summer I was driving down the road and the a/c line that goes down in front of the pulleys got bit by a pulley and I have no idea how to fix the line or how to take it off to get a new one.

Does anybody know what line it may be or how to disconnect the line??

What ever happen at this point doesn't matter now, your going to have to take it to a PRO!!! The AC system has been open to outside air for too long now and your receiver/drier will need to be replaced and would be a good idea to FLUSH the system and replace the orifice tube as well.
The AC shop will pull a vacuum on the system to check if there's any other leaks and then put in the correct amount of freon.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:49 AM
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Back in the real America, I made use of the fact that the arrangement/location of the charge ports on MANY automotive A/C systems was such that the A/C compressor in the vehicle could be used as a vacuum pump. I also have taken the dryers and put them in the oven for an hour at 200* to drive off any moisture. Just sayin' is all.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:03 PM
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I am not taking it to a Pro when I do the work on my truck myself and I am in the Army National Guard so I know some of the chiefs that run the National guard maintenance shops where I live so i have Lifts, and A/C Vacuums and all that good stuff.

I am thinking you are right and it's the A/C line down by the crank pulley... Its on of the Only lines down that low. and a "BL" means "Body Lift". It seems like its a very small hole. I think if i bend one of the brackets back it will fix the problem with it rubbing. I took some zip ties and pulled it back and the line hasnt touched the pulley anymore. I also have not turned on the A/C since that happened not sure if that helps my situation.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:52 PM
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.............and a "BL" means "Body Lift"..................
OooOOooo, it's been altered. Not that it's bad, but I just don't know what the configuration looks like now, so I guess you gotta eliminate the interference or post a pic. What I was going to bring up was, I discovered that some of the early SOHC Rangers have harmonic balancers that have bad rubber between the pulley and the center core. AAs the rubber (prematurely) deteriorates, the pulley migrates towards the engine, and along the way it will cause a seemingly incurable belt squeak, then it grinds into the A/C line, and finally, it's chew up the CPS and at that point, if you're unlucky, you'll be taking in the scenery from the side of the road. So that's where I was going, I kinda figured that you had (or do have) a balancer on the way out.

Most people with a bad line run to a junkyard for a heat baked used one or a Ford dealer for new one. I wised up and quit doing that a long time ago. The way I handle it, and for you to consider, especially since things aren't stock, is, I go to a hose shop ("House of Hose", LOL) and have them remove the old rubber section and replace with new. They swage on new clamps, you're good to go, it looks professional cuz that's how new ones are made, and the price is fair. Just something to think about.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:26 PM
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I just got back in town today so i will try and get some pictures up tomorrow

but I am guessing one of the best ways to do this is maybe take it to a shop and just get a quote to see how much they would charge to fix it and see what parts I need and then go out and buy the parts and do it myself
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:06 PM
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Let me know if another angle of the picture would help.







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