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Can a PCV valve be installed without an engine?
Some older cars with a PCV valve fitted without an electronically controlled engine will not have this symptom.
What are the symptoms of a bad PCV valve?
This will cause a lot of blue smoke from the exhaust pipe. If the PCV valve is faulty and causing a rich or lean mixture to the engine, you can get symptoms like white or black smoke coming out from the exhaust pipe, depending on what type of mixture problem the engine has.
How long does it take to replace a PCV valve?
Overall, if you have an older car, the PCV valves are often easy to replace and should only take around 10 minutes, while on newer cars, there could be a replacement time of over 3 hours if it’s located under the intake. Sometimes, you have to remove the intake to access the PCV valve; luckily, this is not that common.
Why do I get blue smoke from my PCV valve?
White/Black/Blue Smoke from the Exhaust If the PCV valve or the hoses are blocked, the crankcase will push up oil into the combustion chambers, which will cause oil to burn inside the engine and go out through the exhaust pipe. This will cause a lot of blue smoke from the exhaust pipe.
What happens when a PCV valve is blocked?
Increased Oil Consumption & Oil leaks If the PCV valve or the hoses are blocked by moisture, you will get a very high pressure inside the engine crankcase, which will push the pressure up in the cylinders and out from the gaskets.
What should I do if my PCV valve is leaking?
If you find the hoses filled with slime, clean them with PCV solvent or lacquer thinner and replace the valve. Or, simply replace those components along with the PCV valve. Many engine models use a simple, inexpensive valve, and many car owners just replace it every service interval.