(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can, available for the '11 to '14 3.5-Liter EcoBoost F-150. Now you might be asking yourself, what is an oil catch can and do I need one? And the simple answer is yes. The oil catch can here does a whole lot of good for your engine, prolong its engine life and removing some of the things that would otherwise bog down your engine robbing it of some of that power. Now catch cans are also known as oil separators because they do just that. The oil catch can is going to greatly reduce blow-by. Now blow-by is essentially crankcase exhaust gases that inevitably carry around oil vapor that turns into sludge, coating the inside of your engine, bogging it down as it recirculates. Now instead of re-circulating back into your engine, turning into sludge, it's going to collect into a catch can or an oil separator. It separates all that oil vapor and puts it into this can here.Now the Mishimoto kit does include a passenger or PCV side and a driver or CCV side which completes the cycle. Now a lot of kits out there in the category just include the passenger side, which is typically gonna do the most work, collect the most of that vapor because not a lot makes its way over to the driver side if it's collecting on the passenger. But just to be safe, having a driver side option can really again complete that cycle and make sure anything that would slip by gets caught up in the smaller can. So the passenger side from Mishimoto is a 12-ounce catch can, much larger than some of the other options in the category, and your driver side being the secondary can has the 7.5-ounce catch can, still a lot larger than some of the other options in the category. Now when it comes to these two kits, both of them are made from aluminum and steel construction, very durable stuff which is a lot more durable than some of the other options out there as well. And it also has a black anodized finish which looks so good under the hood.A lot of these things can stick out like a sore thumb, mount in pretty awkward areas and this guy here, not gonna be the case, looks good, blends in really well and it has a nice design aspect to it as well. On the top, the Mishimoto logo is printed along with "push the limits," just a nice little catch phrase to have there, repping a Mishimoto brand. Now, like I said, some of their options out there do mount uncomfortably, stick out like a sore thumb, mount to the engine block, which doesn't really have a ton of space down there. This guy is actually gonna come with two brackets, one for each can, mounting right to the top here and bolting it to the firewall. That means it's up and out of the way, easy to access and it's stylistically gonna look pretty good under the hood as well. Now when it comes to using these guys, over time, it'll collect all of that oil vapor, put it into the can and when it comes time for routine maintenance like changing your oil, it's a good idea to drain these guys out. Now you have two methods. One, on the bottom, there's a drain plug, just like your oil pan or you can unscrew it and dump it out that way. Now when it comes to doing that, you can pop this guy loose. Now sometimes if it can pressurize, it can be a little tighter, in which case, use a 23-millimeter socket to pop that guy loose from the bottom. Just simply unscrew it and the can comes apart.Now one thing I want to show you guys is in here, obviously that's your can, but you also have a mesh screen on the top to collect any of the bigger particles, but you also have a finer mesh screen to collect really small microns of particles from making their way back into the engine and it'll dump it right into this guy here. So this is a really sophisticated kit that takes a lot of things into consideration to make sure it's collecting everything that you don't want getting back in. And also it's the same thing on your driver side. This guy unscrews, just a little bit smaller version, also finished in black there as well. Has the drain plug on the bottom, so both sides are very easy to use, very easy to drain and easy to accumulate all that oil.Now the bracketing system, also made from a billet aluminum, and the hoses are nice, thick quality, they're not gonna crack, rip or otherwise break. As a matter of fact, the passenger side, which again does most of that work, has a check valve to reduce or eliminate the idea of this guy pressurizing, which is not what you want to happen.Now because this kit is more premium quality than some of the other options out there and it does include passenger and driver sides, it's a little bit more pricey coming in right around the $400 mark. Now 400 bucks, again a little bit higher than some of the other options, but it is very effective. A catch can kit like that, especially one that includes both sides, has a ton of pros and no cons.The install for this guy is also gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home with about an hour, maybe an hour and a half from start to finish. You'll assemble a couple of the fittings on the table and then everything else is done under the hood with very simple hand tools. I'm gonna show you every single step of the process here. There's no cutting, there's no drilling, none of that nonsense. Let me show you how it's done.Tools used in this install include an impact gun, extension, ratchet, flathead, 11/16, 13/16 wrenches, 8 and 10-millimeter deep sockets, a variety of Allen key sizes and a panel removal tool. And before we head under the hood, I do want to take our fittings and put them into place. So let's start on our passenger side which is the larger can and grab our two large fittings. Now these guys already have O-rings around the edges to make sure there's no leaks, so you want to make sure that O-ring is staying on there. And we're gonna thread these guys into place on the pre-threaded holes. It doesn't matter which one goes where, they're both the exact same. Just tighten them by hand. So that's our out, this is our in. Now you want to make sure you're grabbing a 13/16 wrench and just tightening these guys down. Put that around, just gonna give her a twist. It'll get nice and tight. You don't want to overtighten them either, they are plastic, you don't want to strip them out, so get that nice and tight and do the same thing for the other one. All right, now repeat that with the smaller fittings on your 7.5-ounce catch can, only this time you're gonna use an 11/16 wrench. Perfect. Now at this point, before we get started under the hood, number one, make sure these guys are nice and tight. And number two, if any of your hardware is pre-installed on the top here, you want to remove it because we're definitely gonna need to take those off in order to do install them on the bracket. Secondly, the hardware for the top of your 12-ounce catch can and might be inside of it. So at that point, you just want to make sure it's completely empty. If it is, check in the box for your hardware. We've got that hardware separate here so we're good to go. Now let's head under the hood.Now let's start with our passenger side. I quickly want to show you guys where this is gonna be mounting to give you an idea of where to start. So you want to grab your passenger side bracket, which is the larger one. It's basically going to install to the firewall just like this over your pre-existing hardware. So we'll remove this 10-millimeter nut over that stud on the ECU. We're also gonna remove this 8-millimeter bolt on this ground and then finally we'll strap it up to this hole in the plastic. Now what we're gonna need to do is set this guy down for a moment. I'm gonna grab a 10-millimeter socket and I'm gonna remove this guy off the stud. Grab an 8 socket and get the other bolt out. All right, basically what we're gonna do is take the factory hardware and just bolt this guy right back up. So this is gonna bolt down to that ground strap using that stock bolt. Just gonna thread that guy in for a second then grab this stud and thread that back in. Grab your socket and tighten them down.Now we can take a push pin clip included in the kit and add that support to the top end there. Next up, grab your 12-ounce catch can and we're gonna bolt it to that bracket. Now you'll basically rotate this guy so that it's facing the front of the vehicle and that all four of these screws at the top will line up, or all four holes. Grab the Allen key screws included in the kit, the larger ones, you're gonna thread these guys in. All right, making sure everything is still lined up, I'm gonna thread this guy all the way through by hand. All right, so that'll hold you in place and do that for the rest of them. All right, next grab the appropriate Allen key size and tighten them down. So I've got my 1/8 Allen key, I'm just gonna tighten these guys down.So next thing you have to is disconnect to the passenger PCV hose, now this goes from your manifold to your valve. In order to disconnect it, just gonna pinch up this gray tab and pull straight back, do the same thing on both sides. So here's that gray tab, pull and disconnect.So next you want to take the hose included in the kit that goes with your bigger catch can, it's a larger hose. You want to take the one that does not have the check valve in the middle. This guy without the check valve is gonna go from the valve to the in-port. So we're gonna connect this head to the factory fitting, push straight down and it locks into place. This guy is gonna connect here. Now before we do that, let's grab a hose clamp and put it over the end and then we'll connect. So from here, I'm gonna slide that hose clamp over top, take this guy and put it into the in-port down here on the right. Just like that. Next grab the same larger hose, both the one with the check valve in it. This one is gonna go from the manifold port to the out-port. We're gonna clip this guy in, grab another hose clamp, and then pop it into the out-port. Now what we can do is grab a flathead screwdriver, we're gonna tighten these guys down.So with that installed, that takes care of the passenger side. And as you can see, oil will make its way through from the valve through this hose inside. It'll filter out, come out the out-port back into your manifold. So now we can repeat this similar process but on our driver side. All right, so next on our driver side we're gonna remove this bolt here, it's another 10-millimeter. So grab your socket and get that out of the way. We're gonna use the longer bolt included in the kit to bolt up our driver side bracket just like that. So grab the longer 10-millimeter. You're basically gonna thread this guy into place into that same spot. Grab the pushpin clip included in the kit and snap it into this open hole here. Next up, we're gonna take our driver side catch can and line it up to this bracket. Now I know we didn't tighten this down yet but that's because we want to give ourselves a little bit of room to tighten down the Allen screws. Grab the three included in the kit and attach the bracket. Grab the appropriate Allen key size and tighten those guys down. Next, we can tighten down that 10-millimeter bolt.Next, we can remove that factory hose. Now we have one up here on our valve and one going down a little bit farther, little tough to see the bottom guy, but basically disconnect the top, follow this guy down to the bottom, do the same down there. All right, so now you're gonna grab the hose here that's shaped a little bit like a checkmark. Now this checkmark is gonna go to the valve and this side is gonna go to the in. So we're gonna go right here, push to connect, insert the hose clamp and connect it to the in on the right side. Now the hose that is pretty much straight up and down is gonna go to the one that's down low. Now again, that's the one a little bit more difficult to see. Gonna push to connect, same as before. Make sure this guy is rotated in the right direction. Insert the hose clamp and connect it to the out-port. Grab your flathead and tighten these guys down.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can, available for the '11 to '14 3.5-Liter EcoBoost F-150s. If you want to pick up this kit that includes the driver and passenger side you can do so right here at americantrucks.com.
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Features, Description, Specs & Installation
Prevent Damaging Engine Sludge. Prevent engine sludge build-up due to positive crankcase pressure venting with the Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can. Vented crankcase fumes inevitably carry a certain amount of vaporized oil with it, which can accumulate into engine sludge over time. This oil separator works by re-routing engine vapors meant for re-combustion, allowing its vaporized oil to collect and settle in its catch can. By doing so, this catch can system effectively prevents engine sludge build-up, extending the life of your engine.
Innovative Design. The Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can features a unique bronze filter capable of filtering out particles as small as 40 microns. Its internal surfaces are beveled, creating turbulence that expedites oil condensation, while an aluminum baffle ensures all oil and unwanted particles are completely separated. Lastly, this catch can system uses 2 catch cans - 1 on the PCV side and another on the CCV side for maximum oil separation.
Rugged Build Quality. The Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can is CNC-machined from 6061 billet aluminum for durability. This oil separator comes with heavy-gauge, black, powder-coated steel brackets for long life. Finally, this oil catch can is hard anodized in black for superior corrosion protection, as well as a great look under the hood.
Simple Installation Without Modification. The Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can installs on preexisting locations in your F-150 truck. No modifications are needed on your vehicle for installation. This catch can assembly comes with all the necessary hardware for an efficient installation.
Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can is backed by a limited lifetime warranty covering manufacturing defects. Please visit the manufacturer’s website for more details.
Application. The Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can fits all 2011-2014 3.5L Ford F-150 EcoBoost models.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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