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Old 07-19-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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Default AC "Tube" replacement? (discontinued pn: 21031290)

Well hopefully the third time's the charm finding this damn AC leak. Unfortunately, where I found it on the "Tube. Air Conditioning (All Metal)" (PN: 21031290) is discontinued. I guess a pick-n-pull is my option? I don't know what it would be categorized under on car-part.com.

I searched this forum for the part number and of course the only post it was mentioned in was one of mine from 2 years the first time I was trying to track down this *$&#^*$ leak.

Edit: Actually this first result on google supposedly has it, http://oemcats.com/oem-parts/21031290.html. But i don't know if I believe it because no where else has it in stock.
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: AC "Tube" replacement? (discontinued pn: 21031290)

Pull from a pick and pull. That is aluminum tubing and the system has or had oil that was exposed to moisture in it at some time. I would also flush out the entire system unless you can tell the leak is from the outside in and not inside out.

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Old 07-19-2018, 06:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: AC "Tube" replacement? (discontinued pn: 21031290)

Thank you, I'm considering calling a few local junkyards and seeing if they have any saturns in the yard and if they can pull this tube for me...closet pick-n-pull is 2 hours away.

Wouldn't "inside out" be preferable to "outside in" (which makes it sound like debris would be sucked in to the system)?

An AC Flush sounds like an expensive service I don't trust any shop would do properly

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Old 07-19-2018, 07:08 PM   #4
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Is this the part (used); https://www.ebay.com/p/1999-2000-Sat...ipe/1417798547 ?

Don't throw away that damaged line. If you cannot locate a replacement line, consider finding a great welder familiar with aluminum tube repair. He/she may be able to solder aluminum and seal it.

Great snapshot revealing leak/dye spot.

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No, it's this part: https://www.wholesalegmpartsonline.c.../21031290.html (#19). The long tube between the expansion valve and the receiver dryer with the pressure switch on it.

I'll ask around about a welder, might know someone. Just getting it out of the car seems like a huge pain.. and it's right at the fuse box (visible in the picture) with no room to weld in the car though.

Yeah, I missed it several times because the thin, thin cloth that protects the tube right at that spot...i'm surprised the leak wasn't more evident through it.

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Tube soldering aluminum must be done on a bench. The area must be cleaned thoroughly of all dirt, grease and oil and either wire brushed or sanded to expose bare aluminum. The interior must be flushed of all oil too. This preps the aluminum for melting aluminum sticks to seal the hole(s).

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Default Re: AC "Tube" replacement? (discontinued pn: 21031290)

Evan, your 1st post referenced a link, I put the part into the cart and it gave me this list of 'potential' dealerships with the part.

The site seems to be a marketplace catch-all.

One would have to do a search on each of the listed dealers to verify if indeed it is in stock or discontinued.

If interested, try this link:
http://oemcats.com/cart/

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The cost of attempting a repair will way exceed the cost of a replacement. Either way it has to come out of there.

Aluminum welding is a touchy process on thin tubing that has been oil soaked for years. Unless you can DIY it there is not much point in attempting the near impossible.

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