Getting a Replacement for a Damaged PCV Valve Elbow
Under the hood, it's not just extreme heat you have to worry about. There's also pressure. When oil that goes around the engine is churned by moving parts, this may crate pressure. Pressure may also come from leaking piston rings and valve guides. Thing is, pressure is always there. Thanks, to the PCV system or positive crankcase ventilation, this can be handled better instead of pressure being released into the atmosphere. The fumes and vapors are picked up and routed until they're burned harmlessly. By relieving pressure, oil leaks can be prevented. This will also help reduce the consumption of oil. If PCV valve elbow, however, is already damaged, disconnected, or malfunctioning, pressure problems will arise. The PCV system will no longer be efficient and effective, causing oil leak and sludge buildup.
Replacing a damaged PCV valve elbow
Check the PCV system first.
If the engine is running roughly and check engine light is on, you have to inspect not just the oxygen sensor but also the PCV system. There could be a bad PCV valve elbow there. Do some troubleshooting under the PCV valve and the rest of the system to check. See if the PCV valve elbow is disconnected, loose, or damaged. Also look for other possible cause of poor engine performance.
Look for a compatible replacement.
To help you browse through the right options for a replacement PCV valve hose, take note of the OE specs and use this as a guide. Shop by specific make, model, and year of the vehicle to get parts that guarantee compatibility. Get a valve hose that can be fitted directly to the PCV system, without requiring any tedious modification or adjustments. If you have the right valve elbow, then installing it won't be much of a problem. You'll basically just need a good set of tools and some instructions and everything can be handled well. After you install the new valve elbow, check the connection or attachment. Also do some tests to see if everything is in its proper place and the PCV system has restored its function.
Search for a durable valve elbow.
As you shop around, you'll come across a good number of options. Some of them will be more affordable than others. To make the right choice, make sure that the PCV valve elbow is engineered and designed using high-grade quality materials. This will ensure that the valve elbow can withstand heat and pressure under the hood and won't wear easily. To find great options, one good tip is to look for manufacturers or brands that specialize in making PCV system parts and other related products or those that offer OE-equivalent products. Familiarize yourself with some of the brands. A reputable manufacturer will have a stringent quality control in place, screening their products meticulously to check for proper fit, premium form, and dependable performance. It'll also be great if the manufacturer will offer a good product warranty, so in case of defects, the product can be returned easily.