Prevent Oil Leaks & Burning Oil
Today’s Clackamas car care article focuses on PCV valve replacement. The PCV valve is a little, inexpensive part that does a big job for your family car. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation.
The crankcase is the bottom area of the engine that holds the oil. When the family car engine’s running, fuel is burned to generate power. Most of the exhaust from combustion goes out through the exhaust system. But some exhaust blows by the pistons and goes into the lower engine, or crankcase.
These hot gases are about seventy percent unburned fuel. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause engine corrosion in your family car. At high speeds, the pressure can build up to the point that gaskets and seals start to leak.
Clackamas car owners need to know that over time, the vented gases will gum up the PCV valve and it won’t work well. That can lead to all of the problems I’ve already described, oil leaks, excessive oil consumption and wasted gas.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to test the PCV valve and quick and inexpensive to replace it at Rob’s Automotive Repair. Even so, it’s often overlooked because many Clackamas drivers don’t know about it.
Check your family car owner’s manual or ask your Rob’s Automotive Repair advisor. If this is the first time you’ve heard of a PCV valve, you might be in line for a PCV valve replacement.
Please ask us about your PCV valve. For the price of a couple of burger combo meals, you can avoid some very expensive deep engine repairs.
At Rob’s Automotive Repair in Clackamas OR (97015) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 503.650.6101. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.