1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

I hate my truck

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by swank60, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. swank60

    swank60

    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    231
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2002
    Location:
    One of Four Presidential Flying Saucers
    So, I had to tear the AC apart Sat. night. There was a leak at the expansion valve. Took about 3 hours, but I had it up and running, no problem - until I got into it today.

    It leaked again, from the expansion valve joint...unbelievable. I used red loctite on the joints, preplaced the o-rings and everything. Tightened the hell out of it, too. What else can I do with the damn thing?

    I really don't want to take it apart again, and I'm sick of messing with it. O'rielly's had this crap that you inject into the system that is supposed to seal of metal holes or leaks in the system - anyone use this stuff before? Will it chew up the compressor? Or is it worth a try?

    Should I just take it to a shop? (I know what everyone will answer here...) How do I go about finding one that I can trust to do the work right?
     
  2. BigSur

    BigSur

    Messages:
    1,637
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Location:
    Big D
    Hate is such a strong word....
     
  3. sportbiker929

    sportbiker929

    Messages:
    436
    Media:
    3
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2005
    Location:
    Oakley, CA
    I used some of that stuff in my Accord and it worked.
     
  4. swank60

    swank60

    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    231
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2002
    Location:
    One of Four Presidential Flying Saucers
    Hate is exactly where it stands right now. If it hadn't passed inspection, it would be sitting in the river or a lake right now.

    I HATE my truck.
     
  5. NorCalDoug

    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

    Messages:
    6,289
    Likes Received:
    110
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Location:
    uhhhh...duh...Northern CA
    [subliminal message]
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.
    Get an 80 series Swank.

    [/subliminal message]
    :flipoff2:
     
  6. macneill

    macneill Rollin’ on 33s

    Messages:
    4,062
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2004
    Location:
    Port Washington, NY / Edgartown, MA
    What do you need AC for? It's only like 104 or something there right?
     
  7. gulp3000

    gulp3000

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    Location:
    Colorado
    Move North?

    Keep at it. The components are meant to work correctly, so if none are faulty, the process is flawed. Only you can decide when it's time to give up and take it to a shop. As far as finding one you trust? Personal reference is the only way, and it seems most trustworthy, knowledgable shops are super busy, so expect to pay accordingly.

    I wish I knew jack S^&% about AC so I could help, but I think it runs on magic.


    Maybe one of those little hats with a mister and fan attached? Swamp cooler bolted on the roof? Refrigerated console full of margaritas?
     
  8. swank60

    swank60

    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    231
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2002
    Location:
    One of Four Presidential Flying Saucers

    Hmmmm...

    Did you read up on it anywhere, or just throw caution into the wind and do it?

    I was going to solder the joints last time, but didn't find the solder and anyitng else I'd need until after I was done...which sucks.

    And yes, I do believe that ACs run on magic, too...

    Doug - I'm about to get out of Toyotas all together. The Avalon is developing an oil leak now, and has a handful of other "issues" that are really testing the "reliability myth".
     
  9. CruisinTiger

    CruisinTiger

    Messages:
    2,973
    Likes Received:
    145
    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2004
    Location:
    Clemson, SC
    Man sorry to hear of your mishaps, look at it this way, if everything else is workin and you are workin out the few kinks on your AC then all is good. If you have another car to drive, then step away from the landcruiser. Sometimes we work on them so damn much we get frustrated as hell. So take a break from it and don't come back till you can look at it and ya feel that little itch..then you will know it is time to work on it again. Toyota makes a damn good vehicle. All ya gotta do is look at the number on here of total posts the cruiser heads have posted...we all can't be insane. It'll all work out for ya man. Good Luck
     
  10. NorCalDoug

    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

    Messages:
    6,289
    Likes Received:
    110
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Location:
    uhhhh...duh...Northern CA
    You could always get a Land/Range Rover.
     
  11. Tapage

    Tapage Club 4X4 Panamá SILVER Star

    Messages:
    22,941
    Likes Received:
    1,103
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2003
    Location:
    Panamá
    Or a J**P !

    In this case you don't need to be worried about your AC or other minor things, you need to put your mind in other suff as broken axles .. :D
     
  12. vtcruiser60

    vtcruiser60 SILVER Star

    Messages:
    2,552
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2003
    Get it fixed by a pro and move on. You have saved a ton of money by working on your rig for various things, now is the time to cash in on some pro advice and service.

    Call a couple of hot rod shops and ask for recommendations on shops that work well on older rigs. My guess is that you'll find a radiator shop with a good recommendation that works on AC. They'll listen to your personal efforts to date and fix it up.

    HTH
     
  13. Tinker

    Tinker

    Messages:
    2,865
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2004
    Location:
    Larkspur, CO
    Not sure I'd tell 'em I was the one that had been messing with it. Blame it on a mythical shop near your house. Pretend not to know the details other than "they don't specialize in A/C".

    Then with your vast knowledge & personal experience you can tell if they're jerking you around.
     
  14. patride71

    patride71

    Messages:
    1,457
    Likes Received:
    76
    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Location:
    Austin & Alpine, Texas
    i think you have put enough into it...if you can't get it fixed on this try, then take it to a shop. after reading what you have been through i think i am just going to take mine to an A/C shop...when i get around to ever fixing it. :D
     
  15. swank60

    swank60

    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    231
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2002
    Location:
    One of Four Presidential Flying Saucers
    I've decided one more crack at this thing and see where it goes. I may put in the metal sealant stuff - I'll sleep on it, or I may give CDan a PM or try locally for a new expansion valve and see if I can't do this ONE MORE TIME...

    :rolleyes: I hate this stupid truck...
     
  16. dogboy2

    dogboy2

    Messages:
    996
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    love, hate, love, hate..... two sides of the same coin aren't they? ;)

    -db-
     
  17. NocalFJ60

    NocalFJ60

    Messages:
    3,550
    Media:
    6
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2004
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I remembered reading your thread of when you got your AC up and running and you bought a vacuum pump. Do you have a guage? You could pump it down and valve it off and watch a guage and do a leak down test.I don't know what good numbers are for how much the guage should come up over how long of time. But if you valve it shut and it starts coming up right away you got a leak. I have heard of using a dye injected in the system to find leaks fast. Most air fittings like swaglock and others you do more to cause a leak if you crank it down when tighting it up.They are made for just like a 1/2 turn or so past finger tight.It is the same way with o-ring you don't want to crank it down just compress the o-ring so it seals. I have not worked on my AC but it sounds like pain in the arse.Might be able to watch the guage and spray water to find the leaks.

    I don't know.. sounds like you know where the leak is about.Keep the cruiser and the MAC. What else you going to do for 3 hours in the evenings? Watch American Idol..... I drove to college all summer in my cruiser in Texas with no AC 30 mins each way. I know how bad it sucks after having AC.

    Goodluck..
     
  18. hj60

    hj60

    Messages:
    1,511
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2003
    Location:
    Ahwatukee, Phoenix, AZ, USA
    The auto repair industry is very incestuous. If you make up a mythical local shop, the mechanic will know you are BSing and you will be treated accordingly.
    Best bet is just to tell em you were working on it yourself and just got in over your head.
    Since you know a bit about the machanicals of the system, it'll be harder for em to try and dick you over.
     
  19. brownbear

    brownbear Mod in Hibernation Moderator

    Messages:
    6,751
    Likes Received:
    75
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Location:
    North West Ontario
    quit fawking with ac and let a pro do it. Somethings are more frustrating than the dollar saved.

    buy a gm and see how reliable they are. GM car or truck, all crap!
     
  20. humper99

    humper99

    Messages:
    201
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI