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Old 01-09-2014, 07:43 AM
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Wow dude your "station" looks like mother Russia.

I think you are definitely the top candidate to test the CCV kit!

I agree with JB the Mann Hummel pro vent unit is great, and top quality, im just not too big a fan of hacking up hoses for a custom job. VW guys use Mann hummels on their cars with great results though, to help with the carbon buildup from direct injection.

Tell Gary I said hi, and although he probably doesn't need a second tester, if he wants another one I'll gladly do a test in moderate Jersey climate lol!
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:32 AM
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J.Belknap, did you run the mann-hummel CCV on your ride? I like the depth load filter they're using. I'd say that's a damn good option.
I'm going to have the Supercharger serviced in ~15k more miles. At that time I plan to switch to the ProVent.

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I agree with JB the Mann Hummel pro vent unit is great, and top quality, im just not too big a fan of hacking up hoses for a custom job.
Don't think of it as hacking up hoses but rather adapting them to hoses that fit the ProVent. In any case, this shouldn't be used to band-aid an underlying problem. The PCV system and crankcase pressures I have are a little different, but maybe this could help you guys. What's nice is that it keeps the system as it was meant to be, while incorporating good stuff like filtering medium and a safety valve.
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I have a little cheese under the fill cap in my new-to-me M54 E53; OEM CCV valve/hoses were replaced as part of the pre-purchase repairs done. Count me in for interest in the German Auto Solutions [Gary?] aftermarket solution. With mine having a recent replacement, not a pressing issue for me, but certainly worth consideration.
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here is My Catch Can project ….
i did purchase a Reducer from Home Depot and clamps to secure the hoses

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I posted something a while back in another thread about a Schmiedmann gadget...

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Here's something interesting; I was poking around on the Schmiedmann website, and they list an Oil Catch Tank; it's not built specifically for the e53, but it looks as though it might work. And only $53 (but not currently in stock.) Looks like on the M54 it would splice into the hose between the valve cover and the CCV valve. There's a sight glass to monitor the level in the tank and a drain cap in the side.

... and it looks like they are now in stock, and even on sale. With shipping to the US the cost is $76. I might order one, just to have a semi-ready to go kit. The only thing that keeps me from doing it is wondering whether the catch can will actually remove moisture from the CCV system or just collect oil from it. After all, the problem is with condensed moisture in the crankcase.

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Edit: I only suggest this if your crankcase pressure is higher than normal due to modification. Otherwise, the OE design works fine when maintained properly.
From your sig pic I'm guessing you have a turbo on your engine; is that the reason your crankcase pressure is higher than normal? Do you have any info on how that ProVent is plumbed in?
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This video and a few more on this guy's channel may be helpful. I am interested in this too, as I think my PCV is shot on my 318 and the X5 has had the PCV replaced twice.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:07 PM
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Intresting; looks like he replaced the factory CCV with a cheapo PCV and a catch can. Also interesting that he mentioned installing an air/water separator. I might have to look into that.

FWIW, here is an excellent thread on the stock CCV system; normal operation, testing, and replacement. Well worth the time to read and understand how the system is supposed to work before going to the bother of replacing or modifying it.

How to test the BMW E39 pressure-controlled crankcase ventilation system (CCV)? - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums
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Anyone have a PN for the inline pcv valve he was using?
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nvm he replied to my youtube comment with all part #s
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:33 PM
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I'm starting to understand how this all works.

Can somebody give a link to a baffled catch can like in the video? All the eBay ones I see are very simple without any baffles, which won't really aid in recovering oil and water gunk from the crankcase. Or does the air/water separator before the catch can function well enough that the eBay style cans work?
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