Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Replace a Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) Valve

pcv valve located in the valve cover

The positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve is incorporated into current production engines to aid in improving emissions. As an internal combustion engine operates, it builds up pressure inside the engine, through several different factors. This pressure needs to be dealt with in a way that is safe for the environment. This is done is by recirculating the pressurized vapors back into the engine, where the vapors can be burned off by the heat produced in the combustion process. If your PCV valve is bad, it will result in oil leaking and poor engine performance in general.

Method 1 of 1: Replacing a positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve

Materials needed

arrows pointing to pcv valve in valve cover and hose going to intake manifold

Step 1: Locate the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve. Look over the valve cover on the engine. The PCV valve will typically resemble the one pictured above, and have a hose that goes from the PCV valve up to the intake assembly or the throttle body.

thread type pcv valve with a wrench

Step 2: Remove the PCV valve. The is most often accomplished by pulling the PCV valve from the valve cover by hand and then pulling the hose off.

Some will be threaded into the valve cover and you will need to remove the hose before unscrewing the PCV valve to remove it.

Step 3: Compare the replacement PCV valve to the one you removed. They will need to be the same type, same dimensions, and have the same type of hose connection.

You should hear a rattle when you shake the replacement PCV valve. This is because there is a check-ball inside the valve that should be able to move somewhat freely.

Step 4: Install the replacement PCV valve. You should be able to just reverse the removal procedure.

Either place the PCV hose back on and push the replacement back into the valve cover, or thread the replacement into the valve cover, and then reinstall the hose.

The positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve directs the pressure created by combustion from the engine’s crankcase back into the intake manifold, or intake tract, via hose or tube. This is an essential function that will cause your engine’s performance to suffer greatly if it is not functioning correctly/

If at any point you feel you could use a hand with replacing a PCV valve in your vehicle, contact a professional technician, such as those available at YourMechanic. YourMechanic has trained and certified repair professionals that can come to your home or place of business and perform the repairs for you.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...


Related questions

Q: My car is blowing white thick smoke from tailpipe.. I just replaced the pcv with a new hose because the hose was bent .

If you are getting white thick smoke from the tail pipe, then you may be getting coolant into the cylinders. You should check to see if you are using coolant, and if you are, then you have a blown head...

Q: Need help from a Mechanic: EVAP Purge Valve bill

The part is only about $35, so then that leaves about $200 in labor. This labor should be better-explained to you so you know what was done. The labor to replace the purge valve on the engine is only 0.6...

Q: What would cause brand new O2 sensors to give codes 172, 173, 176, and 177, rich and lean conditions, both sides at the same time?

When it comes to across-the-board codes being set such as this, it is usually a result of something "upstream" creating the condition to set all these codes. For instance, it is rare for both O2 sensors to fail at exactly...