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Old 12-01-2011, 03:24 PM   #71
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My thought was to run a metal pipe either to atmosphere or a catch-can. I think it would be to tight a fit for a PCV to intake setup (good pics btw!).
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My thought was to run a metal pipe either to atmosphere or a catch-can. I think it would be to tight a fit for a PCV to intake setup (good pics btw!).
You would have no issues doing this , In my opinion on anything performance the PCV SHOULD NOT be going back to the intake anyway and the valve cover breather should not as well , vent them both

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blasted problem

I am STOPPED at being unable to remove the dipstick tube from where it's attached to the intake manifold with a 4.5 mm hex screw. I have FINALLY found a 4.5 hex wrench but the screw will NOT budge!!! I'm afraid of stripping it out! Any suggestions??

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Always hate rounded off nuts/bolts/allen head bolts and take care to prevent that when possible.

I am sure there are other ways, but when I run into a stripped allen head or rounded bolt head, I drill the bolt head out using a drill bit the same diameter as the threaded portion of the bolt. You may have a tough time getting a drill in the tight space to drill out the allen head. The radiator may have to be removed and if there is still not enough room a 90 degree angle drill head would need to be used. Only drill the depth of the allen "head" & not into the threads. Once finished drilling, remove the drill bit from the drill and use the other end of the bit to snap out the bolt head out. The dip stick can then be removed and use a small punch with a sharp point to back out the bolt.
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I removed the intake manifold of my 2004 ZX5 2.3 in order to replace the PCV hose. The IM is coated with a wet carbon gunk, what should I ise to clean it and how?

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I removed the intake manifold of my 2004 ZX5 2.3 in order to replace the PCV hose. The IM is coated with a wet carbon gunk, what should I ise to clean it and how?

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Any carb/choke cleaner should work. Or 3M has a really good throttle plate & carb cleaner. P/N 8866. $7 a $8 at O'Reillys or other parts stores. It works really really good. I use it all the time to clean the throttle plate in the throttle bodies.
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Thanks for the quick reply. I bought two cans at a local CarQuest retailer, it seems to work pretty good. I do have lots of carbon buildup above the valves, that's not coming off.

BTW, I was able to easily remove the PCV valve from it's cover. With the cover off of the car I could use a needle nose pliers to grab and squeeze the locking ring at the two notches and turn counterclockwise, it came right off.

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Thanks for the quick reply. I bought two cans at a local CarQuest retailer, it seems to work pretty good. I do have lots of carbon buildup above the valves, that's not coming off.

BTW, I was able to easily remove the PCV valve from it's cover. With the cover off of the car I could use a needle nose pliers to grab and squeeze the locking ring at the two notches and turn counterclockwise, it came right off.

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Nice to hear it. That's a project I will need to do in the near future.
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I was able to put everything back together and the car is running much better, no CEL! A couple of things when you reassemble:

Insert the hidden bolt first.
There's a vacuum hose from the fuel injection rail that snakes it's way through the IM and plugs into the IM from below, not easy to see except from under the car with a flashlight.
I accidently broke the electrical connecto on the idle control valve, had to buy a new one for $54 from AutoZone, be careful with that connector.
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Thanks for the tips. Those connectors seem to get brittle. I broke a coil connector changing the plugs. Luckily I work in auto parts where I have a discount. O o o O'Reilly...
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