Greg Installs a BD Crank Case Vent Filter Kit

August 19th, 2011 by admin

The other day, I was cruising down the freeway and needed to pass a slow-moving vehicle. As I accelerated, there was suddenly a huge boom under the hood, followed the roar of pressurized air and an immediate loss of power. Though startling, it wasn’t a surprise. I knew right away that an intercooler hose had blown off. It’s common on the 6.0s, because the oil vapor in the system condenses on the boost tubes, which lubricates them into slipping off. After a few minutes of monkeying around under the hood, I managed to wrestle the tube back on to the intercooler. On the side of the road, covered in grease, I was reminded how much these trivial kinds of things really bug me.

The next day I purchased a BD Crank Case Filter Kit and a BD Hose and Clamp Kit. You can use one without the other, but they work best together — and I am all about doing the job once and doing it right. The crank case filter does just what it says. It filters out oil vapor into a drainable catch can that mounts on the passenger side inner fender well.
I learned to keep the catch can drained often. If it’s overfilled, you may have a slight smell of oil vapor when turning on the vent or A/C. The hose and clamp kit is also pretty straightforward. High-quality Nomex Silicone hoses are secured by stainless steel, high-pressure clamps. Installation is easy, and I haven’t had an issue since. That’s one less thing to go wrong, right?

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2 Responses to “Greg Installs a BD Crank Case Vent Filter Kit”

  1. It’s always scary when something goes wrong with your vehicle while driving. Unlike most people, at least you knew what it was!

  2. Very true. I had heard this can happen to any boosted diesel, but never had it happen before. Even without prior knowledge, it never hurts to pop the hood and take a look!

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