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2010-09-28 05:29:25
WTF! Melted my A/C line
Today just happened to be such a crappy day. It was raining all day and I was feeling hot so I turned the A/C on. At first it was a bit cool but then it started blowing warm air. I was like WTF is happening? I just fixed my A/C a couple of months ago. It was pouring all the way to work so I couldn't pull over to check if a fuse had blown or something.

When I got to work I checked the A/C fuse and it was good. I opened the hood to check things out and BAMMM my low pressure A/C hose was steaming!. Apparently the hose somehow managed to come in contact with my turbo manifold and the result was it melting all the way thru. I don't even know how it managed to touch since I bent the aluminum line away from the manifold as much as I could.

Have any of you guys had this issue? The line from the dealerships here in NYC are $180+..Courtesyparts.com in Texas has it for $85 shipped. I have a friend at NAPA who says he can replace the rubber part of the line for a few bucks so I'm debating my options right now.

OHH and on top of that my car isn't making any boost. From a visual inspection all the fittings look like they're on tight and my wastegate looks like it's closed at idle. So the boost demons are starting to show themselves?
2010-09-28 05:52:23
Just have the rubber replaced with high pressure line at a hose repair place. Do it yourself for cheap!

You will prob need to get a foil-type heat shield for that hose. Mine blew 3 times before the AC compressor finally froze up. AC is expensive, so out it came.
2010-09-29 07:11:16
mine did the same with my turbo, so u know how many psi that is so i know what kind of hose and couplers to get
2010-09-30 02:27:18
Has to handle about 200psi max i think.
2010-09-30 05:31:25
either get a high temp line, or switch to the 1.6 line
2010-09-30 13:27:07
melted mine too when had the turbo! Welcome to the club! If putting on a new one word to the wise don't over torque the bolt on the condenser. Dam aluminum is soft!
2010-09-30 14:19:12
Get the pipe a little bent and that will help to a level. Also on my B14, adding a shorter pipe helped it avoid the headshield a lot .
2010-10-03 07:04:04
Originally Posted by Coheed
Just have the rubber replaced with high pressure line at a hose repair place. Do it yourself for cheap!

^good advice! If you redo it, you can get industrial style AC lines/fittings from Parker or go the more "AN" style route with Aeroquip fittings/hose
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