So I'm new around these parts, and started reading ASN to get some tips on how to do some of the easier jobs on the car. To get myself started I thought I'd give smoothing the airbox a go, and that went pretty easy, and it was at around the same time that I saw I needed to replace the hockey puck and associated pipe that leads to the TIP.
Got a break today, so I thought I'd get the bits and bobs on so I could run the battery a bit, and got stuck in after wheeling the car out the garage. At least that went well, because from there-on in that simple job degraded into a mess quite rapidly...
First up was the TIP. After getting ready to attach that PCV pipe from the puck to it, I thought I'd reach down to the turbo and make sure the TIP was connected nice and tight, so imagine my surprise when I found this:
Eeek - problem one, so after getting the jubilee clip and remainder of the TIP off the turbo inlet, I thought I'd try and be productive and take a look at the other bits of the PCV system that needed attention. First up, I removed the metal plate and plastic cover on the inlet mani, and made a mental note to remember to be gentle with the dipstick. Clearly I wasn't gentle enough, because I managed to crack the pipe the dipstick runs in, right at the bloody base too!
It's not supposed to bend like that.
Anyway, I continued (spirits still high at this point), and tackled this pipe next:
Easy enough, a bit difficult to get out, and I remembered the bit about the O-ring, but the bloody ends of the pipe crumbled in my hand once I managed to get it free (I think you can see the ends are a bit ragged in the pic.
Ok, so then I went for the T-piece holding the PCV bleeder valve, and that too just crumbled when I tugged on it:
Aaargggh! Not a fun day of backyard mechanics...
Anyway, how do I get the dipstick pipe out? I was fed up and just left the engine as is, but at least these pipes are still ok:
And the sorry looking lot of buggered rubber: