1990 Buick Reatta AC Hose Repair Difficulties

BRD

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Have owned and operated my 1990 Buick Reatta for 30 years as my only car. This past summer the AC hose went bad. Took to a radiator specialist but he is having difficulties fixing the system. His words: “the problem I am having is that the factory hoses are not designed to be re-crimped. The ferrule on the original AC lines is built into the line. When we removed the original AC line and replaced the ferrule and crimped the new hose, we are unable to get a proper seal on the hose.” After three attempts at getting a proper seal, the refrigerant leaks out within minutes. Greatly appreciate any suggestions, recommendations or insight from the forum as to how I can fix this problem and get my AC working again. Thanks! BRD
 

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MelsRegal

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NAPA still lists new hoses as available, you have to determine which hose your need.
 

BRD

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Thanks for the response. NAPA is the first place we checked. But they do not seem to carry these hoses for Reattas anymore. Here is the general link for NAPA AC Hoses: https://www.napaonline.com/en/search?text=reatta+air+conditioner+hose&referer=semantic&se=1 Notice they do not fit Reattas. The NAPA page for Reatta parts does not list any AC hoses: https://www.napaonline.com/en/searc..._CatScatSequence12_17&referer=plp&pageSize=30 If there is something we are missing in our search (or approach) can you please let us know and provide a NAPA link for the part? We were able to procure a new hose that "fits" but the challenge is that the internal components do not crimp properly to form a solid seal. Appreciate any additional insight you are able to provide.
 

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Finding parts specific to the Reatta I hear can be difficult. I would try searching under other models that used that motor for that year; might not be an identical parts but could be something that could be modified to work. You might have to have the part made or come to some other midifcation with the old parts to use them.
 
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