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How to Replace PCV Valve 2009 - 2019 Ram 1500

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Created on: 2019-05-17

Check out this video to learn how to replace a clogged or dirty PCV valve in your 09-19 Dodge Ram 1500. It's easy to do and 1A Auto will show you how!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Air Filter and Engine Cover
    • Remove the electrical connector from the air intake tube
    • Loosen the clamp securing the air intake tube to the throttle body with an 8 mm socket
    • Remove the air intake tube from the throttle body
    • Place a rag into the throttle body to protect it from debris
    • Remove the engine hose from the air intake box
    • Release the four retaining clips on the air box cover
    • Remove the air box cover
    • Remove the air filter
    • Remove the engine cover by lifting it up and then pulling it out to release it from mounting prongs
    • Loosen the negative battery terminal with a 10 mm socket
    • Remove the negative battery terminal and set it aside
  2. step 2 :Removing the PCV Valve
    • Locate the PCV valve at the rear of the intake plenum
    • Twist the valve counter clockwise to remove it
  3. step 3 :Installing the PCV Valve
    • Insert the PCV valve
    • Twist the PCV valve clockwise to lock it in place
  4. step 4 :Replacing the Air Filter and Engine Cover
    • Reconnect the air hose that passes over the intake to the location next to the oil filler
    • Replace the engine cover by inserting the rear prongs into grommets at the rear of the intake, then setting the grommets on the cover onto the prongs at the front of the intake
    • Remove the rag from the throttle body
    • Replace the engine air filter
    • Replace the intake air tube on the throttle body
    • Replace the air filter box cover
    • Replace the four retaining clips on the air filter box cover
    • Reconnect the air hose to the air box
    • Tighten the intake air tube clamp at the throttle body with an 8 mm socket
    • Reconnect the air sensor electrical connector
    • Reconnect the negative battery terminal with a 10 mm socket

Tools needed

  • Socket Extensions

    8mm Socket

    10mm Socket



Hey, friends. It's Len down at 1A Auto. Today, we're going to be working on a 2016 Ram 1500. We're going to kick some butt doing a PCV valve. It's going to be a very easy job. I want to be the guy that shows you how to do it. If you need any parts, you can always come down to 1A Auto and check us out. Thanks.

Here we go. We got the hood up. We're going to come over here. What we're going to have to do is we're going to remove this air intake system right here. First, what I like to do is remove any electrical components to make sure that we don't put any tugs on any wiring. I'll just put it down and out of the way. We're probably going to have to move it again, because we're going to have to relieve pressure from here.

Anyway, our next step, there's a clamp down here that holds the air intake system down to the intake right there. I'm going to grab my little 8 millimeter. If you have access to something like this with an extension, it might be helpful. If not, you can just try to get there. Either way, you're going to remove this clamp. We don't need to take it all the way off. We just need it to be loose enough to be able to get that air intake hose up off. You can also use a flathead screwdriver. It's all preferential. I like to use a socket. Okay. I'm going to grab it, give it a little wiggle, comes right up.

We'll take a peek inside, just make sure that there was no dirt, debris, water, anything like that. We want to make sure that nothing gets in there also. If you end up dropping a nut or a bolt, make sure that it doesn't get in there.

I'm going to grab a rag. I'm just going to cover that real quick. We're going to come over here. We're going to remove that. Some people say you don't need to cover it, because the butterfly's closed anyway. That's up to you. Why risk it, right?

I'm going to come over here. I'm going to grab this hose. I'm going to try to wiggle it around, see if I can break it free. Here we are.

Next, I'm going to relieve these clamps. If you have access to a small screwdriver, or even a pry bar of some sort, or a screwdriver, you can go ahead and do this. Basically, we're just pulling the clamps away from the box itself. There should be one in the front, two on the side, and one on the rear. I can't see it, but I'm just going to try to see if I can grab it. There we are. I'm going to grab this. I'm going to push it this way while lifting up. I'll show you why. Under here, there's these holes. In the other part of the box, there's little male ends. Those go into this side. So, that's the reason why I had to lift up and push over, to slide those out.

Now, we can take our system. We can remove it. We can also take a peek at the sensor while we're here. We'll just make sure that the connections aren't corroded, or green, or any funny color that they shouldn't be. Metal is always a nice color. You can look inside. You can see what the sensor's supposed to look like in there. If it looks like it's dirty, black, gunked up, you can either replace it or clean it with a special cleaner. That's a service for another day. I'll set this aside safely.

Next thing I like to do, some people won't say you have to do this at all, but I do it, I'm going to get this air filter right out of the way. The reason for that is because, while I'm working up here, if any dirt or debris falls in this part of the air filter, the air filter's not going be filtering that. Because, this is the side that air comes sucked in through, the air filter box, right in through here. Comes up through your air filter. All these little fins right here, they collect your dirt and debris. Anything that's on this side, well, that's just getting sucked up into your engine. Let's be safe. We'll put it out the way.

I'm going to grab this cover. It's going to be very simple. I'm just going to lift up. There we are. On the rear, there's no things to lift up. That's more of a pull out. So, here we go. Show you under here. We got two rubbers. Those go onto a prong right here. There's another prong over here. The reason why I had to pull out is because there's prongs on the backside, and those go into the backside on the engine right there, or onto the intake I should say. We're going to set this aside and move on to the next step.

Okay, so here we go. We got that removed over there. We're going to come over to the battery side, making sure that the key's in the off position or completely out of the ignition, preferably. We're going to come over to the negative battery terminal, which is the side opposite than the red. Okay? We're going to use a 10 millimeter. We're going to turn this nut counter clockwise to remove the negative battery terminal from the battery, and set it aside, making sure that it can't come free from wherever you put it, and hit up against this negative.

Once you start removing this, you don't want to go off, on, off, on, off, on, off, on, a whole bunch of times. Basically, just take it off, get it away, keep it away. When it's time to put it back on, you might feel a little bit, or you might see and hear a little bit of an arc. Don't get worried and take it back off and then try to go again. Just put it right on. Okay?

Now, we're going to be very careful, making sure that the positive's completely covered. You don't want to touch anything, like from the negative to the positive. If you're using some sort of extension with a long ratchet, or whatever you've got, and you bring this down, and you touch the positive, well, you're going to arc it out. You're probably going to weld all the pieces together, maybe even get a little zap.

Okay, friends. We got all this apart. Cover's off. We can see where our PCV valve is, which is right here. It's got some words going along here with an arrow. Says lock in the clockwise direction, so that means unlock must be in the counter clockwise direction. Going to take a clean rag, try to clean off as much debris as we can real quick. You're never going to get it all off, that's okay. Now, what I'm going to use, a set of pliers. You can use whatever type you might have. You might maybe even doing it just by hand, if you're strong enough. You're going to take it, continue going counter clockwise. Okay. Feels good. Here's our PCV valve. Now, we can go ahead and replace this with a quality 1A Auto part.

All right friends. Here's a quick product comparison. We have our old PCV valve from our 2016 Ram 1500 Hemi, and our new quality 1A Auto part. As you can tell, they're both the exact same. You got the little handle, so you can grab onto. They're the same length. The new one's got a gasket on there. You want to make sure it has a nice gasket. If you're not replacing it and you're just cleaning your old one, you want to probably replace that gasket at least. I would definitely replace this. It's cheap enough. It's easy enough. This looks like it's a quality part. I would feel free to install this into my vehicle. If you need this, or any other part, you can always come down to 1AAuto.com and check us out. Thanks.

All right, so now we're going to go ahead and install our new quality part. We're going to just check the gasket. If you have a little bit of motor oil, or if you have any silicone paste, you can go ahead and put a little bit on there. For the purpose of this video, I'm not going to worry about it. There's still a little bit of oil inside there, I'm sure. It's going to lube it up.

I'm just going to go ahead. I'm going to drop it in. We've got these little prongs. I'm going to drop it in. I'm going to turn clockwise. I'm going to see if you can see there's a little arrow here. It's going to keep going down, down, down, down. It's going to get real tight at this point. If you're strong enough, you can go ahead and keep going. If want, you can go ahead and use some pliers. For purpose of this video, I'll just use some pliers. We want to just make sure we stop right when it gets to the end. We don't want to go any further than that. Okay, friends?

Now, we've installed our PCV valve. We'll go ahead and install this cover back together, and we'll be all done. I'll grab my cover, get it up on here. Just take a look at it. Nice and beautiful. We look over here. We've got two prongs, okay, and two rubbers. The prongs go into the rubbers that are on the top of the intake in the back there. These two rubbers that are on the cover, one goes here on this prong, one goes over here on this prong. Okay? We've got this right here. This comes up through here. So, it makes it pretty easy to figure out where it goes.

On the top side, you'll notice there's a couple of arrows. These are so you can shoot a bull. Come right in. We're going to come in from the top at an angle. We're going to aim those arrows directly at those two rubbers back there. Try to work this in. Give it a little push if we need to. We're going to look underneath. We're going to grab this, get it up where we need it.

Okay. Now, as we come down, we want to be trying to feel... As we push, there's two rubbers that up in here. Right? They need to go onto those prongs. We should feel it latch in a little bit. Oh yeah, that's beautiful. We've got this lined up. We still got our rag in here. We'll get our connector out of the way. Bring it back up here, so we don't forget about it under there, and whatever.

Now, we'll move on to putting on the intake. Okay. So, here we go. Now, I'm going to take this out. I'm just going to take a double peek in there, make sure nothing fell in there. There's no nuts, bolts, acorns, extra debris. You don't want to push on that butterfly, see if you can see inside there. There's nothing pretty in there to look at. Just don't push on it, okay? We're just cleaning around it.

Now, what I want to do, I'm going to take my nice beautiful air filter that I took out, I'm going to put it back in. Okay. Should just go into the box. I'll come around here a second. That clip out of the way. Nice. That looks great. Perfect. Okay. We've got our air filter housing. Got our connector right here that goes to here. Right? This goes onto there. This goes onto there. These go over these prongs. So, here we go. Put it up on there. Got to make sure that it bottoms all the way out. I'm not going to tighten this clamp yet. I'm going to wait. I'm going to get everything else situated, and I'm going to tighten the clamp, then I'm going to do this. We're going to do the electrical connector last. As we're shaking things around, we don't want to give this any tugs.

To do this air filter box, to put it back in, we're going to need to lift this part right here up, this part down, scoop it in over these nubs. Okay? So, want to make sure you got all those in, and they are. I push down with all my might. Not really all my might, but some of my might. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to lock down all these clips right here. There's four of them, one, two, three, four. Sometimes, the ones on the side can be very difficult, especially when you're coming from this angle. This one's the hardest. You'll have to bear with me. Okay. Got this right here. Just slides right on.

I'm just going to give this a little wiggle. That's the whole box moving inside the rubber, so that's good. It's supposed to do that a little bit. We want to make sure that this part of the box does not lift up. If it lifts up, you probably missed your slots. If you don't get it in the slots, it's not going to make a good seal. You're going to be sucking dirty air passed the air filter, so the air filter's going to be useless. It's going to come up in here, and it's going to ruin, basically, everything we just did underneath there. Okay?

Now, I'm going to come back around the front side of the engine. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to tighten up that clamp. I'm going to use an 8 millimeter with an extension and a 1/4 inch ratchet. You can also use a flat head screwdriver. Flat head might slip a little bit. You're probably not going to get it very tight. I would just go with an 8 millimeter, save yourself the hassle.

Now, we're going to take our little electrical connector and plug it in there. Okay? I've got my little 8 millimeter, got a swivel extension, or a swivel on my extension with my 1/4 inch ratchet. We don't need very much leverage. We're not going all the way out here with a nice long ratchet. We're just going to snug up this clamp, so we can't move the hose. The hose is all the way down. We confirmed. You can get at this however you want to. You might not even need to use an extension, and swivel, and all that stuff. This is just my preference. You do you boo-boo. Okay. Going to get this snug. Feels like it's getting snug. Just give it a little bit more. Should be pretty good.

Going to grab it, wiggle it. If you can grab it, wiggle it, and it pops right off, well, put it back down, tighten it up a little bit more. Okay? I'm going to take this... Oh, by the way, if you tighten up that clamp too much and you feel it strip out, bonk bonk, and all of a sudden it's not tightening anymore, you need to replace that clamp. You can get them anywhere, but you need to replace the clamp. This needs to be tight. You do not want any dirty air getting passed your air filter, getting sucked into your engine. Okay?

Here we go. Clamp, click, there's no lock on that one. Give her a tug. We'll just double check all of our electrical wires here. Make sure nothing's flopping around. It can't get into the serpentine belt. We didn't leave any tools under here. We'll check all up along the cowl. I still got some stuff, but that's... I'm not there yet. But, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to double check everything now. Okay?

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