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    Default PCV Valve Broke off in hole

    Hi guys so today I was trying to change the pcv valve on my 2005 mazda 6 3.0L and when I went to turn it the top half snapped off below the square you use to tighten/loosen the valve leaving the bottom half of the valve stuck in the hole with nothing sticking out from the hole, its pretty well flush with the surface. Has this ever happened to you guys and how can I get it out?

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    ouch. any luck so far?


    I am not familiar with how the inerds of our PCV look.. any chance you can get a clear photo w/good lighting of the problem? that would help us some.


    - angel tip pliers?
    - reversed thread larger male bolt?
    - pipe nipple extractors
    - you may be able to get a wide stubby flathead driver and work it out? ***must be extremely careful using this method as you could push the PCV valve seal/plunger out***
    -- refer to this post: http://www.6crew.com/forum/showthrea...l=1#post352669

    worst case scenario: you could gain more workroom via removing the IM (Intake Plenum). Should give you clearer access to the PCV valve
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    Never had that happen to me. That sucks. Maybe a big screw extractor?

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    Do you think you could get one of these to work?



    It is a pipe extractor. Not certain which size you'd need. And its really intended for metal, but it might still get a good bite into plastic.

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    The issue obv is that you dont want any of it to break and fall into the motor. If i were you i would pull the valve cover off. Its going to be ALOT easier to just to that than the alternative. Its a pretty straight forward process.

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    any update to your situation?


    You could do that too. There are some options available.

    Though, the PCV isn't all that firmly secured in the first place. It's just keyed in there via two small tabs that could be overcome by small counter pressure


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    Iirc it screws into the vc and the vc has 2 nubs as the male threads if u will.

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    Ya I was planning on changing the valve cover gaskets anyways but I read that you can't get to the pcv valve from inside the valve cover anyways

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    No not yet, I've been busy with work I think im going to try to work on it tonight!

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    No, no update yet I've been busy with work but I'm going to try to work on it tonight and get pictures!! And I think the reason that it's so hard to get out is that it's been in there for like 12 years and 200k kms
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    True, you can't get it from inside the vc, but removing it will give you a whole lot better angle to work at.

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    Default PCV Valve Broke off in hole

    Yup.

    If you are going that route then you could just simply use a razor blade to cut a small notch and then use a flathead and gently tap broken bit counterclockwise to get it out. Use a bit of WD-40 to break the friction


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    I was able to remove the piece, I just took off the IM and used a very small flat head and some needle nose pliers and I was able to work it out of the hole. Thank you guys for all the suggestions and help, I appreciate it!

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    Glad it worked out for you. We're here to help.

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    Lesson learn. Don't let it happen again! 😉


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