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Old 08-19-2002, 01:25 AM
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Looks like PCV plumbing.
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Old 08-19-2002, 01:42 AM
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What's this tube for?

Hello,

This is for a 1987 560SL, located to the rear of the right valve cover. Its a black rubber tube about an inch wide coming out of the rear of the valve cover (see pics). From the valve cover, it goes to a tube built into the underside of the air filter housing.

It also has vacuum tubing coming out of it which leads to a small gray metal box (sensor? or relay?) which is mounted on a bracket, directly underneath the radiator's expansion tank.

I am thinking the rubber tube recirculates gases from the engine to the air filter housing for "re-use"?

I am also thinking the vacuum tubing leads to a sensor which measures the gases coming out of the engine and either turns on or off the car's air pump?

BTW, this vacuum tubing I found disconnected and it's been that way apparently for quite a while. The air pump has been dead since I bought it. I understand the pump's main purpose is to get air into the cats to heat them up faster during cold engine startup so they get to working status faster. Mainly an emissions control thing. On my list of things to fix but not pressing.

I am planning on replacing the rubber tube as it's developed a crack at the y-joint where the vacuum tubing connects to it just after it exits the rear of the valve cover.

I would just like to know or have my suspicions confirmed as to the purpose of the rubber tube AND the vacuum tubing which leads out of it.

Thanks in advance

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Old 08-20-2002, 02:15 PM
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The vacuum hose runs to the left side of the fuel distributor to the pressure regulator and serves no real purpose that I know of. There is no "PCV" valve per-say but there is a small 1mm hole in the idle distribution block for the crank vent hose on the left valve cover. From the looks of the right hose with the brown oil in it I would say this little hole is plugged. Just clean it out and your crank vent system should function as designed.

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Old 08-20-2002, 02:44 PM
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fasthair,

Is this the way newer MBs (more precisely, my '92 190E) handle crankcase pressure?

Thanks in advance,

Jeff Pierce
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Old 08-22-2002, 11:50 PM
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HI Jeff

No, the 190 is different but not knowing weather you have a 2.3 or a 2.6 I can't tell you what set up you have. 2.6 doesn't have crank vent problems but the 2.3 has a little plastic restrictor that like to break apart.

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Old 08-23-2002, 12:39 AM
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fasthair,

I have a 2.3. (I must update my signature) I've looked at my crankcase ventilation hoses, and can't quite figure out how my set-up works. I'm familiar with a more conventional system (intake through air-box, and PCV valve) I'd like to know more about how this system works.

Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer.

Jeff Pierce
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'93 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon (263K miles/a family truckster with spunk)
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'85 Jeep CJ-7 w/ Fisher plow (226K miles)'93 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon
'53 Willys-Overland Pickup
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