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How to remove orifice on 96 Ford?

mrvmax on Mon June 02, 2008 7:10 PM User is offline

Year: 1996
Make: Ford
Model: F350
Engine Size: 7.3
Refrigerant Type: 134
Country of Origin: United States

It's been a while but the folks here helped me to convert my r12 to 134a on my 92 Corolla, now I need help with my Ford. How do I remove the orifice? I have the Ford shop manual and it states I need a special tool to remove the orifice or it will break. Is there a tool I can buy? MY A/C finally gave out so I want to pull the orifice while I have everything opened up so I can see if there is a lot of garbage in it.

Mustang4fn on Mon June 02, 2008 7:36 PM User is offline

Yeah, you need a spring lock tool. I just did this particular year truck myself and learned alot in the process from everyone on here.

They can be purchased from any parts store and they range from really nice metal ones down to plastic ones. The metal ones can get in upwards of 20-40 bucks, but if you need to do it on the cheap, the plastic ones are around 8 bucks for the pack of four. I believe you need the blue one which is 1/2."

A/C spring locking coupling tool - 4 sizes: 3/8" (red), 1/2" (blue-black), 5/8" (black), 3/4" (white)

Good luck and I'm glad I could pass on some knowledge I learned from Bohica, Chick and a few others! And if you need parts for the vehicle, I'd stick with AMA, they had all the parts in stock and it was considerably cheaper than anyone else

bohica2xo on Mon June 02, 2008 9:14 PM User is offline

Yup, you need a springlock tool to get the coupling apart.

I keep a set of the one-piece plastic springlock release tools in my box, because they will sometimes fit where no other tool will. No matter how many times I lend them out, they always come back...

The other "tool" you may need if the orifice tube is stuck, is a six inch drywall screw. If a pair of needle nose pliers will not get it out of the tube, the drywall screw is the fallback tool.

Buy a new orifice tube before you start, so you can visiualize the job. The "short" end of the tube goes toward the evaporator. You will be pulling on the long end with the screen. If it breaks apart you will expose the actual orifice, a brass tube. The drywall screw must be threaded into the center of the tube to pull it. So, if you have the one in 15 or so that need the screw to get it out - take your time.


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mrvmax on Mon June 02, 2008 10:27 PM User is offline

Thanks for the help.

Chick on Mon June 02, 2008 10:53 PM User is offlineView users profile

Spring lock release tools are very easy to use, here's a pic (not to good, but) of how they work..Hope this helps.

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