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More summer "fun"

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Old 07-08-2019, 10:27 PM
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So last week the upper radiator hose blew off the radiator again. That's three times over the past year it has done this.
Last time I even put double clamps on it and it still blew off. Fortunately it did it right in front of a Wally World and I wasn't broke so I was able to cruise into the parking lot and pickup more coolant and a screwdriver to tighten up the hose clamps.
No harm done and back on the road soon enough. The hose still looks great, it's a new radiator as of last year.
I don't believe it's a leaking head gasket. I think it would blow off much more frequently if that was the case (I've had other cars in the past that did).
Maybe I've got bad clamps or I'm just getting too old and decrepit to get them tight enough.
Anyway, after I got it home I rechecked the coolant level, topped it off and tightened the clamps a little more.
While I was standing there sweating in the heat I got the wild idea to grab a can of refrigerant and charge up the AC again so we could be a little more comfortable driving in the sauna that is Virginia in the summer.
It didn't take much and the clutch kicked in and I thought "great! we've got AC again!". Then I heard this loud POP and watched the gauge suddenly climb on the low pressure side.
No more AC. The compressor clutch still engages but the pump no longer pumps.
Wasted 1/2 can of R134 for nothing. Oh well, the local pick n save is having a 50% off sale this weekend. Maybe I'll be able to pick up another compressor.
I keep reminding myself - at least I'm no worse off than I was yesterday other than less refrigerant on hand.
 
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:38 AM
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I have had problems with some aftermarket radiators not having enough of a lip to retain the hose properly. The hose has to be very tight but don not crush the radiator. Check it after the car cools off.
 
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:19 PM
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You are by definition better off today because you have unloaded vehicular baggage and are now free to pick up the baggage of your choice.

Wait....life doesn't work like that

You still have us
 
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:06 PM
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Made it to pick n save's 50% off sale today. When I left the house it was in the 70's outside. By the time I picked up my son (for the muscle) and got there it was already in the 80's and climbing fast. I had ambitious plans today. I wanted to get a transmission for the van, at least a head for the Saturn and ac compressors for both. Of course I'd grab anything else I could while there.
Got the compressors no problem. I even found a passenger side front marker light for the Saturn that wasn't busted. Also got a new NAPA upper radiator hose for the Satty (same car the compressor came from). They only had a few SL2s and none were the same year as mine. Decided to come back after I checked out the vans to see if I could find a good tranny. Found one but by this time it's in the 90's and still climbing. Found one of those bench seats with the built-in child seats so I had to grab that. Started pulling the donor van apart to get the tranny out and now it's almost 100 degrees and the sun's been shining strong all day. I'm getting too old for working in this heat & humidity. Had to stop and call it done for the day.
Good news is I have an ac compressor and marker light for the Saturn and only spent about $30 for that (with a 1 year warranty on the compressor). I'll have to wait for the next sale to try again. Meanwhile I can try to get the ac working again.
 
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Janmar -- what tools do I need to swap in a replacement compressor?
Have never worked with AC (R &R)
 
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