Removed oil baffle/Now losing oil

GTOreturns

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I removed the oil baffle to put on 1.7 RR's. Ever since it has been losing oil. I thought it would be through the hose going to the TB. But someone else on this site said I was losing it through my PCV valve. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
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ShortThrow50

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many people including myself have no baffle and dont have this problem. i dont what your problem is. hope this helps
 

matts90lxhatch

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I have always removed the stock valve cover baffles and NEVER once lost any oil due to it. If you are 100% sure that's what is causing it then just buy a new set of taller valve covers that can clear your rockers while using a baffle.

But honestly the baffle not being there isn't your problem.

The only time I have lost oil due to not having something there is when I was in a rush to put a new holley upper and lower on my car and forgot to put the oil screen in the back of the lower intake.
 

DocG

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Yup, I don't have baffles either....the only oil I lose is out the rear main seal. :D

I'm not running the line from the oil filler neck to TB either though. Mine has a breather with a baffle built into it in that spot.

:shrug:
 

bigcat

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i bet you are burning the oil. when you installed the rocker arms, a valve is probably not seating correctly. pull the covers and inspect or do a compression test to see if the valves are sealing.
 

Darkwriter77

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How do you know? Do you even know what a baffle is? :rolleyes:
You seem to be a bit BAFFLED, yourself. :D

Assuming you're running the stock E7 valve covers, removing the baffles would only create an opportunity for the oil to shoot up the oil filler neck on the passenger side and get sucked up through the fillter-to-TB line. If it's not doing that, then you're losing oil somewhere else, and it likely has nothing to do with whether or not your baffles are in place.

The PCV line would be the next thing I'd check. Pull the PCV valve out, peek down there and see if your PCV screen is still in there. If it hasn't been cleaned in awhile, take a long deck screw, poke it in there and give it a few turns, and then pull the screen out by hand or with a pair of pliers; from there, you can either do like I do and unroll the wire mesh stuff from inside there and spray the hell out of it with brake cleaner to get rid of the gunk buildup before rolling it back up and crimping it back together ... or just buy a new screen and pop it in there. Remove the PCV valve from the line and give it a shake - if it rattles freely, it's still good. Maybe give it a quick spray of brake cleaner or Seafoam Deep Creep to flush out any gunk buildup in there, too ... or, again, just replace the thing. (It's not like a PCV valve costs all that much.)

Beyond that ... who knows? Worn rings? Intake manifold gasket leaking oil from the lifter valley into the intake port(s)? Valve guide seals? Lots of other possibilities.
 

Nova

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install and oil separator in the line between the cover and the intake. you can just use a box with a filter thing in it. if it gets all oily after a few days, you know where the oil is going.
 

GTOreturns

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You seem to be a bit BAFFLED, yourself. :D

Assuming you're running the stock E7 valve covers, removing the baffles would only create an opportunity for the oil to shoot up the oil filler neck on the passenger side and get sucked up through the fillter-to-TB line. If it's not doing that, then you're losing oil somewhere else, and it likely has nothing to do with whether or not your baffles are in place.

The PCV line would be the next thing I'd check. Pull the PCV valve out, peek down there and see if your PCV screen is still in there. If it hasn't been cleaned in awhile, take a long deck screw, poke it in there and give it a few turns, and then pull the screen out by hand or with a pair of pliers; from there, you can either do like I do and unroll the wire mesh stuff from inside there and spray the hell out of it with brake cleaner to get rid of the gunk buildup before rolling it back up and crimping it back together ... or just buy a new screen and pop it in there. Remove the PCV valve from the line and give it a shake - if it rattles freely, it's still good. Maybe give it a quick spray of brake cleaner or Seafoam Deep Creep to flush out any gunk buildup in there, too ... or, again, just replace the thing. (It's not like a PCV valve costs all that much.)

Beyond that ... who knows? Worn rings? Intake manifold gasket leaking oil from the lifter valley into the intake port(s)? Valve guide seals? Lots of other possibilities.
Yeah, I have had problems with the intake gasket in the past.