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    Refrigerant leak on sight glass,semi herm.

    I may have caused it,i dunno know,but i know its a leaken,customer called freezer a little warm5 degree,found refrig. leak around sight glass,i thought easy fix,ya,i took a straight screw driver and a hammer and tightened it up a bit and checked again,its still leaken,with a closer look the sight glass has got a hair line crack in it,i prob caused it when trying to snugg up leak,screw driver slipped and hit the glass,anyway its got a hair line crack and i tried to rig it with a round piece of steel and a gasket but with no luck,still a leaker.Any suggestions other than changing the compressor?Thanks.Man ive had one of those weeks.
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    I Take It You Dont Have A Bone Yard To Resort To. What Compessor #, Maybe Someone Else Has A Junker Sitting Around. Just A Thought.
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    Ya ive got an old one thats bad sitten around but didnt know if it would seal the leak or not,its a gasket type thing,you know how a old gasket is.
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    Hillbilly, sight glass kits are available through your local wholesaler, if desired. I'd go that route. Why change the compressor?

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    I would think you could get a sight glass and gasket for them. I'm sure for copeland or tecumseh. I think you are right basser.

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    Copeland P/N 998-0002-04 Sightglass Kit (K,E,L-Bodies)

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    And you might have to make your own wrench from an old socket. Use a 4" grinder to fabricate the tool.
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    Thanks fellows,i ordered one today from SWH,and called Copeland which is really Emersom but didnt know this,they said the glass part would blow out with a little pressure behind it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly tech View Post
    Thanks fellows,i ordered one today from SWH,and called Copeland which is really Emersom but didnt know this,they said the glass part would blow out with a little pressure behind it.

    ya and i have changed them before,
    go to home depot and purchase
    a peice of 1 inch flat steel, cut a peice
    about 6 inces long, stick it in the
    slots and unscrew with crescent wrench.



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    your lucky you did not eat that sight glass when you smacked the ring with your screw driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly tech View Post
    i took a straight screw driver and a hammer and tightened it up a bit

    this is my little tool, make one your self with some hard steel annd a dremmell too, works great!

    mike

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    oh, steel is 1/8" thick!

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    sight glass kits available from wholesaler, also, use a drag link socket to tighten sight glass, this socket has a wide screwdriver type blade at end to reach across entire sight glass.

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