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More Repairs (continued)

Ever since we got "The Ho" is was leaking oil from the driver's side valve cover...

The Ho - Old driver's side valve cover

The old valve cover

and in early April someone got a replacement for us. Of course it was for the passenger side but it went on anyway...

The Ho - New driver's side valve cover

The new driver's side valve cover

So now we've got two oil filler caps if we can be fussed to move those tubes out of the way to use it. A new gasket was piece of tubing also found for the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve which is now in a different position.

This is from the article "What is the PCV valve and what does it do?" on Yahoo Autos

The blowby vapors that end up in an engine's crankcase contain moisture as well as combustion byproducts and unburned fuel vapors. The crankcase is sealed to prevent the escape of these gases into the atmosphere, but the vapors must be removed to prevent oil contamination that leads to sludge formation. The positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system siphons these vapors from the crankcase and routes them into the intake manifold so they can be reburned in the engine.

The main component in the PCV system is the PCV valve, which is usually located in the valve cover. A hose connects the PCV valve to the intake manifold. A second hose between the air cleaner and crankcase or other valve cover (V6 or V8 applications) provides fresh air to help flush the vapors out of the crankcase. Some engines have a separate air filter for the PCV breather hose located inside the air cleaner.

The PCV valve is a spring-loaded valve with a specific orifice size designed to restrict the amount of air that's siphoned from the crankcase into the intake manifold. This is necessary because air drawn through the valve from the crankcase has a leaning effect on the fuel mixture much the same as a vacuum leak. So air flow through the valve must be controlled within certain limits. At idle, air flow is reduced because little blowby is produced. When the engine is cruising and vacuum is high, airflow through the PCV valve is at a maximum to purge the blowby vapors from the crankcase.

It's important to note that PCV valves are sized for specific engine applications. The wrong PCV valve for an application can flow too much or too little air causing driveability problems. Varnish deposits can clog the valve, so replacement for preventative maintenance is recommended (every 50,000 miles usually).

Not all engines have PCV valves. Some (like Ford Escort, GM FWD cars with the Quad Four engine, etc.) ventilate the crankcase with a small breather hose and calibrated orifice. There is no spring-loaded PCV valve. On these applications, no maintenance is usually necessary.

The PCV valve on "The Ho" is much simpler than on some of the engines described above being just a ball valve. They only cost 50c to replace.

The front swaybar was totally removed rather than just being disconnected.

Dave donated the battery out of the Bronconator, which is being scrapped, which was better than the one already in "The Ho".

The remains of the factory fitted electric mirrors were pulled off and two new non-electric cheap mirrors bolted on in their place. They don't offer as good vision as the originals but I don't want to spend $80 every time one of these things get knocked off, so the $7 replacements from Advance will have to do.

The Ho - Replacement mirrors

The replacement mirror


The mirrors on "The Ho" were constantly being knocked and damaged against trees and suchlike. Here's a small photohistory of them...

From when we bought the car on 2nd March 2006, the mirrors stayed intact for 6 off-road trips until our seventh trip on 30th March.

The Ho - door mirror

The passenger side mirror - 30th March 2006

The Ho - Drivers side mirror

Drivers side mirror - 30th March 2006

The Ho - Passenger side mirror

Passenger side mirror - 1st April 2006

This page created 15th April 2006, last modified 16th April 2006