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Old 06-09-2003, 09:59 AM   #1
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Default All Greddy FMIC owners, PLEASE READ!

I just wanted to warn all Greddy FMIC owners about a little problem that I encountered this weekend.

I was installing new spark plugs when I heard a hissing noise near the battery. I listened closer and I found that one of my Air Conditioner pipes had a hole in it and was leaking out with a really loud hissing noise. When I bent the hose back to check the damage, I found that the AC hose and the FMIC pipe had been rubbing together. The FMIC pipe is fine but there is some scuffs on it. The AC hose has a hole in it and Im not sure how to fix it, I think I will need a whole new hose if I can not patch the hole. The air (freon) blowing out of it was blowing pretty strong.

It sucks cause now I have no AC and summer is coming up I will have get it fixed ASAP.

Here is where the hose (aluminum pipe) is, its the tiny aluminum pipe (not the big one). Just grab it and bend it away from the FMIC pipe. It bends easy but be careful with it. Good luck.
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Old 06-09-2003, 10:49 AM   #2
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Old 06-09-2003, 11:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 06-09-2003, 11:28 AM   #4
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You will need to buy a new A/C hose. You can put it on yourself though. I would get some of the correugated plastic material that you see wrapping the wireing harness and put it on the new hose to keep it from rubbing.

If you aren't comfortable with evacuating the system, then I'd take it to a shop to finish it up. The a/c won't take too long to empty itself. Just be carefull to remove the bold slowly when you take the hose off if the system is stil presurized.
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Old 06-09-2003, 11:32 AM   #5
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Thanks wheeler, I hope that rear swaybar is still holding up

Not to turn this into members car gallery but:




No problem MAD REX, I just dont want this happening to others. I drive my car a LOT so Im sure I am one of the first this has happened to. Everyone make sure to check that hose (pipe) and bend it away or you will be driving around with no AC like I am right now....

Thanks for the advice cavy, I have a friend who will be recharging the system for me. I guess I will be ordering a new hose....
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Old 06-09-2003, 03:14 PM   #6
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No problem MAD REX, I just dont want this happening to others. I drive my car a LOT so Im sure I am one of the first this has happened to. Everyone make sure to check that hose (pipe) and bend it away or you will be driving around with no AC like I am right now....

Thanks for the advice cavy, I have a friend who will be recharging the system for me. I guess I will be ordering a new hose....
I've seen several radiator hoses that come with the plastic around them where they tend to rub. That's be a better way to go about it rather than bending the tube. that will weaken it and possibly cause it to rupture. Not recomended.
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Old 06-09-2003, 03:24 PM   #7
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Been there done that. hehe.. Purchase a new hose from the dealer. I think it was $89. Slap it on yourself and head over to pepboys or any modern garage to get the Freon filled. Its $60 for the job and just in case they dont have the 2002 WRX on file:

R134A freon
.9 lbs
1.1 lbs total system capacity.

They must pull all the air out. If they try to sell you a dryer or acumulator tell them it was only exposed to air for moments as you swapped the hose....

Good luck.

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Old 06-09-2003, 03:49 PM   #8
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Thanks for the great advice Clark. I guess I will go and order it from the dealer this week. $89 isnt to bad, I was just hoping it wasnt going to be a $300 part or something.... Thanks for the advice about the dryer, I dont want to buy anything else that I wont need. I have a mechanic friend that has done this on a bunch of cars so I will probably let him handle this for me. I have never recharged an AC system before.

Cavy, the hose is really soft and flexable. You can bend it away from the FMIC pipe really easily. Just use care and it will bend fine. I would definetely bend it becasue any kind of plastic sheathing will get sanded down to nothing in between the 2 pipes. Bend it and problem solved.
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Old 06-10-2003, 10:18 AM   #9
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Bump cause I dont want this happening to others
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Old 06-11-2003, 11:11 AM   #10
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, Incase some people didnt see it....

Not trying to make this thread anoying to anyone but I just want people to be warned about this happening to them. I couldnt imagine if this happened to me and I lived in FL right now. I think I'd drown in sweat
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Old 06-11-2003, 04:03 PM   #11
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Old 06-11-2003, 04:45 PM   #12
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Steve up at FIS has welded A/C lines that have had holes worn in them. You may be able to get that done by a good welder that's local. $89 isn't too bad though.
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Old 06-12-2003, 12:46 PM   #13
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Hmm, never thought of welding it....

I have a guy right now that is going to sell me his used AC line if he can ship it. He must have taken it out for weight savings or something....

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Old 06-12-2003, 01:20 PM   #14
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I remember in my honda I had an aftermarket Blitz intake and the SuS filter sawed right through my AC hose. It was $200 for my hose though.

Good luck.

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Old 09-22-2003, 10:30 AM   #15
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bump...

fixed it a while ago, just looking out for others in the meantime
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Old 09-23-2003, 01:00 PM   #16
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Unrelated question, but I figured you'd be the person to ask.....

Aside from no fog lights (which doesn't bother me) is there anything else you have to do to install that FMIC? I have another bumper beam from a TXS kit, so that isn't a problem. But it looks like no problems with the battery, windshield washer bottle, or anything like that. Anything else I should look out for? I was going to buy a TXS, but fog lights don't matter to me. Mine are covered up already. If that is the only difference, I might just save myself $500 and get the Greddy....
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Old 09-23-2003, 02:56 PM   #17
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You have to relocate your coolant resevoir but it comes with that, no big deal. Also you'll have to have a bov welded on.

And you will need a short ram because the ic piping comes thru that fender hole.
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Old 09-23-2003, 07:01 PM   #18
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Hey that's smart. You ran the tubing under the A/C hose. I bent mine down and am running over it. I should probably check if that is going to be a problem for me...
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Old 09-25-2003, 11:32 AM   #19
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Old 10-08-2003, 10:50 AM   #20
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Default Brian, sorry for the highjack!

Happened to me too but got it fixed a while back!

Now I have THIS little problem that I hope GReddy can take care of!!!




Look at the outside and you'll see a slight crack. That is the coupler close to the battery. the other one going into the passenger fender also has it but it hasn't gone through like this one.

For the record, my turbo and injectors are stock so it's not over preasure. I thought they were Silicon like the turbo outlets and IC in-outlets but they are rubber

Anyone have this problem?
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Old 10-08-2003, 12:13 PM   #21
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I looked at that rubber peice on my car the other day and it does have some cracking starting to form....this is not good. I am running 18.5psi on a daily basis so Im not really overdoing it either.

Let me know by sending me a PM or something if you find a "separate parts dealer" for greddy.

Otherwise, I sure would love to squeze a Perrin FMIC into my car.
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Old 10-08-2003, 12:54 PM   #22
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Leonardo - I had that problem a few weeks after installing my Greddy. I immediately upgraded to high quality 3 ply silicon couplers with t-bolt clamps.

Those original ones that come with it feel like cheap rubber.


I had to pay about $125 for all new couplers and clamps
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Old 10-08-2003, 04:23 PM   #23
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Hmm.. something I was not aware of, Leo?

hehe let me know about anything else it has so I can get it fixed! Or are you going to fix it?

It's not a problem, but just to have it for the record, everything that needs fixing.. so the car doesn't suddenly blow up on me or something!
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Actually danny, I changed the spark plugs thinking they were fouled and when I started the car, it kept having that problem under boost. I later found the broken part.

Mad Rex is right, they are cheap rubber but only two of them. I replaced one with the 3 ply silicon (had too) and the other will go on as soon as I have time to remove it and get the 3ply silicon counterpart.

Cost? $25. each and no t-clamps needed as pipes ate held in place TIGHT. of course, if you running mad boost, t-clamps are optional.

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Oh I see! Nah but it's no problem dude! Just wanted to make sure if anything else needed checking.. But if you're gonna change it then cool!

Thanks!
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