vacuum leak newbie here

vacuum leak newbie here

Postby old grey dog [OP] » September 3rd 2015, 6:59pm

Hello:

I`m looking at a great deal on an 1994 Astro ($600) the ad saying it has a vacuum leak and I`m wondering if that is an expensive fix. I`m no mechanic can`t even play one on TV. Seriously this would be my first vehicle and I`m not a teenager I`m a 52 year old woman with a learner license, they say it is never too late:)

I have heard great things about the Astro van and great things about this forum

I hit the search button and came up with hundreds of posts on vacuum leak, just wondering if I could get a ball park figure if I had to take it to a mechanic,

Thanks for reading
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Re: vacuum leak newbie here

Postby Leeann_93 » September 3rd 2015, 10:59pm

Vacuum line is small rubber tubing, available at every auto parts store everywhere. You simply replace it and cut to length, though wearing gloves would be good (so your hands don't turn pitch black).

Easy-peasy if it's just a line. If it's the upper intake manifold gasket or TBI base gasket, it's ever-so-slightly more involved and requires sockets and new gaskets.
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Re: vacuum leak newbie here

Postby Lumpy » September 3rd 2015, 11:54pm

Are you comfortable changing a flat tire? Replacing vacuum line is simpler than that. As Leeann suggests, there's really nothing to it. You buy maybe 10 feet of it at any autoparts store. It's maybe $1/foot. Then you simply start replacing. Unplug ONE end of any vacuum line, plug in the new hose. Follow the old hose to the OTHER end, feed your new line around till it reaches there, remove the old, snip the new (make it a little long) and plug it in. There you've done one line. You've probably got a half dozen lines total.

I replaced one this morning. Took five minutes including removing and replacing the air cleaner so I could get to the line I was working on. Also included spraying some fuel system cleaner in the engine and adjusting the hood bump stops.

Really, the simplest job you'll ever do. Easier than cleaning the INSIDE of a windshield.


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Re: vacuum leak newbie here

Postby old grey dog [OP] » September 4th 2015, 11:04pm

Thank you Leanne and Lumpy;

Unfortunately I found out this morning that the money coming in to buy this van has been delayed so I'll have to let this one go.

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