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Old 05-13-2018, 10:57 PM   #1
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Fun maintenance weekend

So I probably needed to do this earlier but how much earlier I don't know. What is the life span of our pcv hose?

Anyway this wasn't as hard a job as I had been lead to believe. Somethings I learned. One, the fan shroud needs to come out and the driver's side doesn't have a lot of upward movement. It took time to get that bottom clip to clear. I consequently removed 2mm from the bottom to ease return and future removal.

Following the manual makes it very straightforward when it comes to the sensors and hoses. With a short and long 10mm sockets and some different length extensions it was easy to deal with the intake manifold bolts. Some dum dum inside the socket could grap those tough ones that you didn't want to fall out.

Overall the hardest part was removing the intake. The manual makes no mention of the egr tube. That needs to come out. The two bolts holding the fuel rail need to come out so one has a little play in that. Once done the intake does come out with some gymnastics. Mine was oil coated inside the ports and the swirl flaps. Same for the inside of the head ports. Those I cleaned up with rags and lacquer thinner. For the intake I ran down to the auto parts store for three cans of brake cleaner. Used all three cans to remove all oil deposits.

The pcv hose had a nice large crack in it. While there a good idea to replace the pcv valve. Damn, there is that clip holding it in place. This doesn't look to be an easy clip to remove and I sure don't need to break it on a Saturday. I need something very thin to come in through the opening to gently push the bottom of the clip out. Bingo, my set of slot camera screw drivers. A good eyeglass screw driver works well too and I also had those. Once I gently pried the lower edge on one side out a bit I used another one of them push the bottom of the clip up and voila it was off.

Reversed the procedure and it all went back quickly. Probably helps that I have had the top end of my wife's 98 Sable down to the heads three times. Good thing I took that 2mm off the shroud tab as it still needed persuasion. Started up the car, hit the road, slammed the car briskly through first and second with no bog anymore. Next time maybe a 2 hour job now that I know the method needed.

Oil and filter were today along with a fuel filter. Once again I read about those fuel line clips and the one clip pointing upwards. The Motorcraft filter comes with no clips and I don't need to break one. So I laid under the car, after removing the fuel pump fuse and running the engine, going I need a tool. So I went into the garage and made a tool which worked like a charm. Tool pictured below and it is cheap!


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Old 05-13-2018, 11:07 PM   #2
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Great you got your pcv hose replaced...btw I went w/ a Dorman over the Motorcraft hose.
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Old 05-14-2018, 12:03 AM   #3
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Can't remember who my hose was from but it wasn't Motorcraft because I only paid $18 for it.
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I went w/ the Dorman as it was better then the Motorcraft one. Kinda similar to the exhaust manifold gasket...the oem one was better then the one I ordered from the Ford parts dept. So I reused the oem gasket as it was still in really good shape.
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Agreed. Dorman 46030. With the heat shield that they have on them now, they should last longer than the OEM hose I had with no heat shield.
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My hose was from Gates and as you can see is different from the Dorman. Looks to be a two layer hose with another rubber shield around that. Didn't take it completely apart but it was definitely collapsed. Hesitation, that was present anytime you hit the pedal too much, would cause the engine to stumble badly. That issue is gone with the new hose. I suspect this could be an every four year item just to be on the safe side.
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HELLO ANYONE OUT THERE. Happy Memorial Day. I I have a 2011 ford focus. I cannot find the air conditioning drain. Does anyone know where and how to access it ?? Thanks
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HELLO ANYONE OUT THERE. Happy Memorial Day. I I have a 2011 ford focus. I cannot find the air conditioning drain. Does anyone know where and how to access it ?? Thanks
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I've made so many specialty tools out of coat hanger wire I can't even count.......and why I always keep a few hanging around.....get it?

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