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Old 11-09-2012, 08:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the picture, behlinla. My setup was a bit different, but it was enough for me to finally find the thing. And I'm nimble handed enough that I only had to remove the intake boot.

I started feeling around the PCV hose for a collapse but felt nothing wrong. Luckily I kept running my fingers over it until I caught a loose bit of tape hanging from one end of it. Tape? So I yanked the hose off and lo and behold, the entire thing was wrapped in tape. So I began to unwrap it; well over 5 feet of black electrical tape, greasy and burnt. Once I had it all off, I had my problem staring right at me - a collapsed hose. It had also broken apart on one end.

This is why I hate owning used cars! Who does this ****? To have taped it off that heavily required removing it entirely in the first place. Replace the thing! More over, what is taping over a collapse going to do exactly? Also, the mechanic I had do my tuneup after purchasing the car told me he'd deal with the PCV/hose if they needed replacing. BAH!!!

So I left my car in pieces and walked a half mile over to Autozone and got a new PCV for $2.99. They didn't have the hose however. So I left and walked down to the O'Reily a few blocks away, and they didn't have it either. Very weird that the hose itself is so hard to buy. But they tossed me a scrap piece of hose which I was able to rig when I got back home. Though I've already ordered the Motorcraft part from Amazon.

Just silly though. Makes me wonder what else was quarter-assed on repair. *sigh* Given the history of the car, I'm gonna assume the fact that the PCV I removed was a Motorcraft unit means that it was the original.

Haven't had enough time to drive the car around to see if there's much of a difference. Though, unless it was placebo effect, I seem to have a bit more power from the pedal.

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Old 11-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

Yes, that picture's from a newer MY, but the picture has everything taken apart and labeled so you could get the idea (picture credit goes to chartmaker BTW). Now you know why it's important to check everything cause you don't know what kind of hack was in there before. Good story.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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DN101, I've gotten that hose from Advance Auto before behind the counter and also used an s-shaped emissions hose from the Dorman Help! section. Simply cut off 1 end of the "s" to fit.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:29 AM   #14 (permalink)
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If you want to clean your injectors, pour a can of berryman b12 in the tank before filling up. You can run seafoam through the brake booster vacuum hose to clean the rest of the system... You can see how on youtube.
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