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A/C accumulator couplings are stuck...
07-30-2007, 09:51 AM
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Alright, I searched for this but couldn't really find anyone with a similar problem.

I pulled my old A/C compressor and replaced that, so I figured while I was at it, I might as well replace the accumulator, orifice tube, etc... in case they'd been trashed when the compressor went. So I had my lines flushed and took the truck back home, but the damn accumulator lines won't come off. I tried the "Spring Lock Coupling Disconnect" tools, but they don't work for {expletive}. So I hacked the tube off of the accumulator to get a better grip on the coupling, but it still won't bust free. I know for SURE the spring around the outside isn't what's holding it on, so I'm pretty sure something's just stuck.

If need be I can hack the hose off and have a new fitting put on, but I'd rather not. I also thought of a torch or some PB blaster, but those might ruin the lines. Any ideas on how to get this thing off short of taking a hacksaw to it and prying it off?

The coupling near the firewall is stuck too Bang Head




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07-30-2007, 11:30 AM
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are you sure you are seating the tool all the way. on mine i had to push pretty hard to get them to slip under the spring locks




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07-30-2007, 12:00 PM
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Sorry to be a little off topic, but I need to know where you guys got your spring lock tool? I have a hole in my condenser and it needs to be replaced. Thanks.




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07-30-2007, 12:24 PM
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I got mine at an AutoZone.

Boss, I pressed as hard as I could at first and was almost breaking the tool lol, even though I was supporting it all the way around the ring while pushing. That didn't work so I tried even taking a pliers to it and bending back the round part that houses the spring, then ripping the spring out. Same story, it still won't separate. It spins freely inside, but just won't come out. I don't really see how 3 damn o-rings could be the culprit, but then again I have encountered some that are awfully strong. I think some PB blaster would eat through them enough if given 30 mins or so, but I don't wanna ruin the hose...




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07-30-2007, 01:40 PM
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I hate those damn things. When I replaced my evaporator. It gave me a heck of a time. I could rotate it but it wouldn't come off. I sprayed WD-40 on it and used a small screwdriver to take it off. It is the rubber O-rings that hold it on. It is a pain in the rear though.




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07-31-2007, 06:55 AM
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Yeah, I guess I'll just have to get creative. Naughty




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