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Old June 7th, 2012, 07:48 PM
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Oil Seperator - 4.0

I decided to change the oil seperator on my 4.0. However, upon pulling out the spiral piece, the bottom remained at the bottom where the metal tube meets the valve cover. Is there an easy way to get this out? Does the metal tube come out from the top, or does the valve cover have to come off?

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Well, if you are careful you can pull the metal tube without deforming it too badly, remove what is left of the separator, and still be able to reinstall it. It is an interference fit. But I usually find it easier to drill a pilot hole in the plastic for a long screw, put the screw in it and then pull on the screw- usually that pops the broken part of the separator right out.
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The screw seems like a good way to go, but plastic shavings slipping into the head are a concern. Have you had issues with that?
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So, I think I'm going to pull the valve cover to get the broken piece out. It looks 4 bolts and that's it. What size and type are those bolts? Also, running along the top of the valve cover is the fuel lines and heater core hoses. What is the process to insure minimal fluid leakage, particularly fuel, in removing those hoses?
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The screw seems like a good way to go, but plastic shavings slipping into the head are a concern. Have you had issues with that?
No because the valve cover is off when I do it. But usually the plastic shavings are long and easy to get. You can also use the old grease on the drill bit trick if you would like. Be aware that there is a baffle in the underside of the valve cover that you dont want to drill through. If you want to avoid pulling the cover you can try pulling the tube out.
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