PCV Valve replacement, 95 Taurus 3.8

Problems...
/sigh
The old PCV valve is plastic, two parts - the valve/casing and the 90 degree bend that goes into the hose. The "hose" is actually hard
plastic with about a 2" rubber piece on the end that connects to the PCV valve.
The 90 bend piece WILL NOT come out of the hose.
The problem? The replacement I bought at Advance Auto is also two piece, the PCV casing is metal, the 90 bend is plastic. But softer plastic than the hard-as-nails original. I figured what the heck, i could just use the new PCV valve and the old 90 degree bend piece, right? No go - the new metal valve has a bit of a lip on the top that, while fitting fine into the softer plastic end piece that came with it, WILL NOT fit into the old hard plastic one. It doesn't have any give to it at all.
Is there a trick to getting that old hard plastic 90 degree bend piece out of the hose? It seems locked in there good....like there's a fitting or something under the rubber piece that's hooked to the vacuum line.
I've also just finished replacing the front 3 plugs. What a PITA. Had to drop the electric fan to get a socket onto #5 & #6. I'm taking a break before I go out and try the back 3. That looks like its going to be a treat..... Remind me, if I ever meet him, to kick the guy that looked at the 3.8, then the Taurus and said "Sure it'll fit" in the nads. Hard, fast & repeatedly.
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I replaced the PCV in my '94. I just pulled as I twisted the thing back and forth for what seemed like 15 minutes. I was afraid of breaking something, but it just finally popped out.
It could also be that the line is so hardened from the heat under the hood that it needs replaced. Hopefully, that's not the case.
BTW, I'll lend you my steel-toes when you meet the gentleman you mentioned at Ford. I bought stock in Band-Aid after I replaced my plugs!

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Hm. Never did get mine out, even hosed it down with PB Blaster...
The old one still rattled when shook so I just pushed it back in. :P
The other end of the hard line the PCV valve is hooked to disappears under the upper intake manifold. One of these days I'll probably just replace the whole line but I've got more pressing issues at hand with this car.
I know what you mean about the band-aids - after doing the back 3 plugs my arm looks like I dragged it through a thorn bush a couple of times.
The car idles better with the new plugs and cap/rotor but something is knocking slowly when idling in gear. If I take it out of gear everything smooths out. It also has a slight stumble when warmed up and idling in gear, like a vacuum leak or something similar. I did replace the vacuum hose that T's off from the PCV valve line and goes to a small canister down under the battery tray near the bottom of the radiator. The ends were cracked.
I just had the power steering pump replaced and I'll be dropping the tranny pan and replacing the fluid and filter this weekend.
Buying a car with an unknown service history (used from dealer) wasn't such a good idea. ;) I bought the car with 75,000 on it and all was fine. 5,000 miles later and it seems like all the problems are cropping up at once.
I suppose it's time to have the codes read to see if I can figure out what's causing the uneven idle under load. The car has never thrown a SES light at me, though...
On Sun, 29 Aug 2004 23:13:56 -0500, "Jared Patterson"

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Preaching to the choir here.
I have to learn where to draw the line on what needs fixed and what I'll just refer to as "100k personality disorder". It makes me appreciate our 4 year old car a whole lot more, that's for sure. I can't complain though, the Taurus still drives nice and is a good substitute road car if we ever need it to be. Hang in there. Sounds like you've pretty well got it where you want it! As far as the rough idle, I haven't heard of an old Ford that doesn't do that without redoing all the computer and sensors.

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Try putting the whole works in a pan of water and heating it on the stove. The plastic may soften enough to get it together.
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