GM Caprice 1990-1993 Repair Guide

Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) Valve


See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: PCV system - V8 engine shown

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Fig. Fig. 2: PCV valve located on the left side valve cover - except 5.0L (VIN Y) engine

The crankcase ventilation system (PCV) must be operating correctly to provide complete removal of the crankcase vapors. Fresh air is supplied to the crankcase from the air filter, mixed with the internal exhaust gases, passed through the PCV valve and into the intake manifold.

The PCV valve meters the flow at a rate depending upon the manifold vacuum. If the manifold vacuum is high, the PCV restricts the flow to the intake manifold. If abnormal operating conditions occur, excessive amounts of internal exhaust gases back flow through the crankcase vent tube into the air filter to be burned by normal combustion.

If the engine is idling roughly, a quick check of the PCV valve can be made. While the engine is idling, pull the PCV valve from the valve cover, place your thumb over the end of the PCV valve and check for vacuum. If no vacuum exists, check for a plugged PCV valve, manifold port, hoses or deteriorated hoses. Turn the engine OFF , remove the PCV valve and shake it. Listen for the rattle of the check needle inside the valve. If it does not rattle, replace the valve.

The PCV system should be checked at every oil change and serviced every 30,000 miles.

Never operate an engine without a PCV valve or a ventilation system, otherwise oil leaks from excessive crankcase pressure and/or engine damage may result.