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Removal procedure of air intake tube

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by dhs-9, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. dhs-9

    dhs-9 Formula Junior

    Feb 6, 2004
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    I need to access the top of my A/C compressor and I beleive I need to remove the airbox and then the air intake tube. I saw on ************ an article on A/C service but my intake tube does not have two bolts for removal just below the hood strut support as did the one in the article. Can I get the procedure to take this tube out

    Thanks

    Dave
     
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  3. GTO84

    GTO84 Formula Junior

    Dec 13, 2003
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    What kind of car? 3x8?
     
  4. dhs-9

    dhs-9 Formula Junior

    Feb 6, 2004
    292
    Sorry 1987 328
     
  5. Mule

    Mule F1 Rookie
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    Jun 25, 2003
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    On my 1989 328, the ends of the tube are held in place by friction only. Take off the air cleaner lid (with the hose connected) and it will make it easier to see if there are any bolts. The bottom end "should" be the same as the top end.

    I replaced my foam/chicken wire intake hose, and never found any hardware attaching the hose at either end. A little twisting loosened it up, but you have to have long skinny arms to put the bottom back on or remove the wheel and wheel well and do it from underneath.
     
  6. Verell

    Verell F1 Veteran
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    May 5, 2001
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    The fibreglass tube from the body opening to the rubber bellows connecting it to the airbox usually has either 1 (308s) or 2(328s) metal tabs sticking up the top that are bolted to the frame box tube that runs along the top of the fender well.

    The fibreglass tube is usually a snug fit onto the body opening.

    The bellows is usually attached to the tube with a metal strip with a wind-up key that looks like a large cotter pin. Just unwind the key & get some slack in the strip. Remove the airbox cover & the bellows will come with it.

    The smaller tube from the bottom of the fibreglass tube down to the half-shaft area behind the engine is usually held on with a hose type clamp.

    Hope this covers your questions.
     
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  8. Mule

    Mule F1 Rookie
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    Jun 25, 2003
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    DHS-9,
    Somewhere in the production they went from the fiberglass tube and bellows to the foam/chickenwire setup. I ended up with the latter being a 1989. So if yours is not a foam wrapped chicken wire tube, I am sure Verell's description would apply. Meaning, don't force it and break it since your's may have some form of attatchment, unlike mine.
     

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