Chevrolet Full Size Cars 1979-1989

Crankcase Depression Regulator and Flow Control Valve


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Fig. Fig. 1 Engine crankcase ventilation system 1979-80 diesel engines

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Fig. Fig. 2 Engine crankcase ventilation system 1981-85 diesel engines

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Fig. Fig. 3 Crankcase ventilation system and CDR cut-away 1981-85

Whereas gasoline engines utilize a PCV valve to control crankcase pressure and emission, diesel engines are equipped with a Crankcase Depression Regulator (CDR) or flow control valve. The CDR is found on 1981-85 diesel engines, while a flow control valve is used from 1979-80. These systems are designed to scavenge crankcase vapors in basically the same manner as the PCV valve on gasoline engines. The valves are located either on the left rear corner of the intake manifold (CDR), or on the rear of the intake crossover pipe (flow control valve). On each system there are two ventilation filters, one per valve cover.

The filter assemblies should be cleaned every 15,000 miles by simply prying them carefully from the valve covers (be aware of the grommets underneath), and washing them out in solvent. The ventilation pipes and tubes should also be cleaned. Both the CDR and flow control valves should also be cleaned every 30,000 miles (the cover can be removed from the CDR; the flow control valve can simply be flushed with solvent). Dry each valve, filter, and hose with compressed air before installation.

Do not attempt to test the crankcase controls on these diesels. Instead, clean the valve cover filter assembly and vent pipes and check the vent pipes.

Replace the breather cap assembly every 30,000 miles. Replace all rubber fittings as required every 15,000 miles.