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ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube

Part No. T38902 Warranty  

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Standard Temperature Automatic Adjusting, Orifice Tube
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Material:Plastic
O.E.M. Number:19189841
O.E.M. Replacement:Yes

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ToughOne or Factory AirOrifice Tube
 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

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      (11 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Installed but clutch short cycles.

      By bkhitech

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Mechanic

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube:

          Installed but afer charging compressor short cycles due to hi side pressures reaching 400 plus and low side going to 10 PSI. Removed and installed original ford orifice and a/c is back to normal. It may be due to wrong or to much oil in my system. I have had a few people do work on the a/c. When I removed orifice tube it was dripping with oil, I read somewhere that means I have to much oil in the system. Will try and install again some day after I flush system and have a know oil in the system.

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          (11 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Necessary

          Comments about ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube:

          Must be added to activate warranty and extend life of compressor.

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          (12 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really boosts performance of AC

          By D. Bacon

          from Shelby Twp, MI

          About Me Backyard Mechanic

          Verified Buyer
          Level 3

          Pros

          • Makes cold at idle

          Cons

          • No Cons

          Best Uses

          • City driving

          Comments about ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube:

          This self-adjusting orfice does like it says, delivers cold air at an idle. Another thing, removing the old one allowed me to see the whole system was full of metal particles, and needed to be flushed out.

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          (13 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cool Air

          By Jimmy88

          from Easley SC

          Verified Buyer
          3 or more reviews submitted

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Driving
            • Replacement

            Comments about ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube:

            The design of this unit is slightly different from OEM. It seems to work well in my AC unit and keeps the temperature in my truck comfortable even on 95+ degree days. Easy to install assumes that you are a mechanically inclined person with a working knowledge of car AC systems. Working on vehicle AC systems is not really intended for the backyard mechanic.

            • Car & Truck:
            • Auto Enthusiast, Competitive Driver, Mechanic

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            (14 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Fails to Idle well, even stalls

            By Bob Gemad

            from Niagara Falls

            3 or more reviews submitted

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                  Comments about ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube:

                  Had to resort to the standard Dealer Yellow one. It was way cheaper and....it works. This one was very troublesome (read that as Expensive and time consuming)

                  • Car & Truck:
                  • Casual Driver

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                  (17 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works well, what else can I say?

                  By Steven

                  from Southern Maryland

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                  3 or more reviews submitted

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Improves Engine Efficiency

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Driving
                    • Replacement

                    Comments about ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube:

                    Variable orifice tube is supposed to reduce orifice size at idle to provide cooler air conditioning while the vehicle is stopped. My AC did not work at all before rebuilding the system so I have no point of comparison, but the AC gets nice and cold with R134a in my R4 compressor r12 system, even at idle, so it seems to work well.

                    • Car & Truck:
                    • Auto Enthusiast, Truck Enthusiast

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                    • Q:

                      Where is the Orifice Tube located on a 1979 Camaro Rally Sport with a v-8 engine ?
                      Asked on 8/30/2013 by Dennis from North Port, FL.

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        With reference to your inquiry on the ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube -part# T38902, the orifice tube on your 1979 Chevy Camaro would be located at the spot where High pressure becomes Low. It must be in the high side line going into the evaporator. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                        Answered on 8/30/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      where can find it on 97 pontiac bonneville se
                      Asked on 5/18/2013 by mike from Jacksonville , Fl.

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        This ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube - Part No. T38902 is located in the high pressure inlet to the underneath the battery on your 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                        Answered on 5/18/2013 by Morgan from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Hi again, my question was answered as a Ford Explorer and I was asking about a 1988 Ford EXP. It's a type of Escort, not an SUV. I would like to know the location of this part on the EXP.
                      Asked on 4/16/2013 by Frank the Mann from Columbus. GA

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                        A:

                        Sorry for the inconvenience caused. With reference to your inquiry on the ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube - part# T38902, the orifice tube on your 1988 Ford EXP would be located in the evaporator core's lower line, inserted where the solid aluminum line meets and connects to the flexible line running the remaining distance to the condenser core. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                        Answered on 4/17/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Where is this located on a 1988 Ford EXP?
                      Asked on 4/14/2013 by Frank the Mann from Columbus. GA

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                        A:

                        With reference to your inquiry on the ToughOne or Factory Air Orifice Tube - part# T38902, the orifice tube on your Ford Explorer would be located in the liquid line connection tube at the evaporator. The accumulator / drier usually needs to be removed to gain access. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                        Answered on 4/15/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      where is this part on 1985 chevrolet suburban 1500 5.7
                      Asked on 5/4/2012 by Anonymous from magnolia texas

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        The orifice tube on your 1985 Chevrolet Suburban should be located at the EVAPORATOR INLET, mid way between the EVAPORATOR and the CONDENSER (in-line) or at the CONDENSER OUTLET.

                        Answered on 5/9/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Where is the orfice tube located on an '91 F150 5.8 XLT Lariat?
                      Asked on 3/22/2012 by Humpdog from Cincy,oh.

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        The orifice tube is located in the Evaporator inlet on your 1991 F150 5.8l XLT Lariat. To access it, you must discharge the system and disconnect the line.

                        Answered on 3/24/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      I have a 2000 Chevy Blazer. An when i run my a/c on 80+ Degree days on a contius start stop basis. my vehicle over heat's an does not want 2 stay running . i've replaced the clutch fan with a heavy duty towing one. an problem remain's . could this be the problem or what else could be wrong. vehicle run's fine if shut off an let cool. or if i keep the air off while it's not going down the road.
                      Asked on 8/3/2011 by Michael from Cullman Al

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        I would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis before buying and having parts installed that may not (solve/be) the problem.

                        Answered on 8/4/2011 by Steve from AAP
                    • Q:

                      what is the difference between a $2 and $20 factory air orifice tube.
                      Asked on 5/31/2011 by rs

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        If both the orifice tubes are for same vehicle, there should be a difference in quality and performance of the part. It would differ as the price. The one with higher price would last longer than the other.

                        Answered on 7/7/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
                    • Q:

                      On the 1994 Ford Thunderbird LX v8-4.6 Litre engine. WHERE EXACTLY IS THIS PART LOCATED? I am about to rebuild my system and have no idea where to look for this on this model
                      Asked on 9/2/2010 by Sushi from Houston

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Should be located somewhere between the condenser line and the evaporator. Look for a lil kink in the line by one of the connections.

                        Answered on 9/6/2010 by michael from aap
                    • Q:

                      whats the difference between the automatic adjusting orifice tube and a standard orifice tube. Will the auto adjusting one make my air colder?
                      Asked on 6/5/2010 by Ralph from Compton

                      1 answer

                      • A:

                        A fixed orifice tube has a specific diameter, .062" for the Ford red, and flows a relatively fixed pound mass of refrigerant. The variable orifice varies the opening in relation to pressure generated by the compressor (variable RPMs). The idea is that a fixed tube floods the evaporator at idle and leads to less cooling as the refrigerant doesn't boil off completely. The variable orifice reduces its opening at low speeds due to lower compressor pressure (RPM) and is supposed not avoid flooding the evaporator. This is supposed to lead to cooler temperatures as the evaporator is not flooded with liquid refrigerant, but contains saturated vapor that boils off. The change of state from liquid to gas absorbs the most heat (energy) and gives best cooling. If you don't change state, i.e. liquid stays liquid or only vapor passes through, you don't get much cooling. That's the theory of this device. It is supposed to improve cooling in city driving. It works for some and but not others.

                        Answered on 7/7/2010 by Not Again! from Boston, MA
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