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Removing Stuck or Damaged Orifice Tubes

Removing an orifice tube is normally an easy task.  A nice gentle twisting pulling motion usually does the trick.  You can purchase or rent a removal tool which comes with different attachment tips for different jobs -or- as many people do, just grab a good pair of needle nose pliers and start twisting and pulling.  Then there are the ones that won't budge. This can present a real challenge. Once the top breaks off, you find yourself with an orifice tube that you can no longer reach with needle nose pliers, and it's damaged so bad you can't leave it as is.  Houston, now we have a problem!

Removing a Stuck Orifice Tube with a Drywall Screw

This tip is intended for that occasion where the orifice tube is stuck, and has either broken inside the tube, or is close to breaking.    

At last resort, use a 3-4" drywall/deck screw. Just be careful that you don't damage the aluminum tube. You must first break/pull off the top part of the orifice tube. If not, you could accidentally run the screw into the area beside the orifice. The danger is scratching the tube that the orifice sits in, thus ruining the orifice o-ring seal area.

The picture above still has the Ford orifice tube stuck on. The screw needs to be about 3-4" long. They are available at any hardware store.

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