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PostSubject: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:01 pm

In my quest to figure out my stalling issue I broke a vaccum line. Since these things are brittle as hell, and a couple spots have been patched in the past, I want to go and replace them with either a silicon or rubber/steel replacement. How do I go about doing this properly? can I reuse all the plugs and end fittings or will I need all new ones? Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:37 am

good question but being vacume line i dont think you need stiffer ones i replaced all mine with some new vacume hose from advanced got 6 foot for $3.50 so cant complain there and runs alot better with new solid lines and for the one coming off the throttle body it was all flaky and had no replacement for it yet so i just wrapped it with electrical tape and a lil heat to make it leak proof lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:18 am

Justin when I had my 91 cutlass supreme I too broke the brittle plastic vacuum lines. They do not come brittle but over the years age takes its toll and they do break easily. To replace them with rubber you can use the stock "T" and elbows. You need to break off a few 2" pieces of the plastic lines to use as connectors. Go to autozone and fine a rubber line that fits snug over the factory plastic lines. Use the factory vacuum line 2" pieces at junctions and elbows and slide the new rubber lines over them. I hope I am clear with what im trying to say...
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:42 am




Spectre Vacuum Line 5/32" X 25'' Stainless
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this is the braided stuff never used it but looks nice. comes in a few sizes

Spectre Vacuum Line 7/32" X 25'' Stainless
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:36 am

Tims idea is the best ($ wise & ease)
I think GM used the hard plastic because the heat will dry out the rubber over time
Because its cheap & easy who cares.

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:42 am

yeah i used his method to so much faster but for looks id go with the braided ones if thats what you like lol. but plain old rubber vacume hose works great fast cheap
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:13 pm

GasTT wrote:
Justin when I had my 91 cutlass supreme I too broke the brittle plastic vacuum lines. They do not come brittle but over the years age takes its toll and they do break easily. To replace them with rubber you can use the stock "T" and elbows. You need to break off a few 2" pieces of the plastic lines to use as connectors. Go to autozone and fine a rubber line that fits snug over the factory plastic lines. Use the factory vacuum line 2" pieces at junctions and elbows and slide the new rubber lines over them. I hope I am clear with what im trying to say...

Yup makes sense to me. Thanks man, exactly what I wanted to know.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:02 am

Ok, so I'm going to order the new hose. The stock hoses are 1/8" or 3mm. Should I go larger, say 3.5 or 4mm to get a good fitting on top of the old stuff? I planned on ordering a couple feet of each to make sure but if someone knows better than me I thought i'd ask.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:50 am

You couldnt just get the line a NAPA or AZ?

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:50 am

Don't order anything. Go to Autozone and bring a piece of the plastic line. Tell them you need a rubber line that fits over what you have.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:52 am

sdstick wrote:
You couldnt just get the line a NAPA or AZ?

GasTT wrote:
Don't order anything. Go to Autozone and bring a piece of the plastic line. Tell them you need a rubber line that fits over what you have.

Neither of them have any rubber line that fits. All they carry is the plastic line. Autozone has a kit thats special order but its not the right size.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:57 am

Thats not true. Autozone has rolls of every size rubber line you can think of behind the counter.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:59 am

GasTT wrote:
Thats not true. Autozone has rolls of every size rubber line you can think of behind the counter.

Those idiots. I'll have to check that out.. thanks man.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:39 am

GasTT wrote:
Thats not true. Autozone has rolls of every size rubber line you can think of behind the counter.

werd. Sometimes stock is limited, but I seldom have a time when I can not walk in there and get a couple feet of whatever line I need.

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:10 am

Went back today, one of the regular (read intelligent) workers was there. Said I was looking for rubber hose and dam if they diddnt have about 20 different rolls in stock. Got one that fits perfetly. Much cheaper than the interwebs too.
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:40 am

or go into advanced and get 6 foot for like 3.50 i did the other day its on shelf were wiper washer lines are or go to Benny's they have it as well in a red and white box
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:21 am

I already bought some, 10ft for $8. Advanced didn't have any, I asked. And what's a Benny's?
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Stock Vacuum Lines   Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:41 am

you prolly dont have a Benny's anywere near you lol i think closest one is wareham lol.
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