Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Positive Crankcase Ventilation

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(PCV) System

OPERATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) system schematic

All models are equipped with a Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) system which draws air into the engine through the air cleaner and circulates it through the engine. The air combines with vapors in the crankcase and exits the engine through a metering valve mounted in the rocker arm cover. The air vapor mixture then re-enters the engine through the carburetor or intake manifold and passes into the combustion chambers where it is burned.

TESTING





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Fig. Fig. 2 Check for vacuum at the PCV valve by placing your finger over the valve opening



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Fig. Fig. 3 You can also check for crankcase vacuum by removing the inlet air filter and placing a piece of paper over the opening; the paper should be drawn tight to the opening



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Fig. Fig. 4 Check the air inlet filter as wellreplace the filter if it is clogged

  1. See if there are any deposits in the carburetor passages, the oil filler cap, or the hoses. Clean these as required.
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  3. Connect a tachometer to the engine.
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  5. With the engine idling, remove the PCV valve.
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If the valve and the hoses are not clogged-up, there should be a hissing sound.

  1. Check the tachometer reading. Place a finger over the valve or hose opening (a suction should be felt).
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  3. Check the tachometer again. The engine speed should have dropped at least 50 rpm. It should return to normal when the finger is removed from the opening.
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  5. If the engine does not change speed or if the change is less then 50 rpm, the hose is clogged or the valve is defective. Check the hose first. If the hose is not clogged replace, do not attempt to repair, the PCV valve.
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  7. Test the new valve to make sure that it is operating properly.
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There are several commercial PCV valve testers available. Be sure that the one used is suitable for the valve to be tested, as the testers are not universal.

 
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