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Oil Separator

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Does anyone know when the re-designed oil separator was first used on the assembly line. I have a 99 built in Aug or Sept of 1998.

I have a problem that may be related to the oil separator; I am trying to confirm some information given to me by the dealer. At the moment I would prefer to not go any further into the matter.



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I do not remember ever seeing a bulletin on the separator. The part number has changed a few times over the years. The version on the newer cars looks different than a 2.5.

If your parts guy likes you and knows what he is doing he can search the history of an old part on PET. I do not remember if it shows dates.

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Tool Pants,

Thanks for the reply.

Do you know what year the oil separator was changed. The dealer indicated that some part of the separator changed from horizontal to vertical. The service tech said that my 99 had the newer type.



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Horizonal vs vertical is why I said they look different. I have worked on 1997 and 1998 and they were horizontal. Recently worked on a 1999 but I did not pay attention.

I had always assumed that the vertical design started production when the e-gas cars came out for MY00. But if yours is vertical and it is the original then my assumption is wrong. And in looking at the parts list 1997-98 has a different part number than 1999-02.

The vertical one was on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...TRK%3AMEWA%3AIT

Even the vertical one goes bad and you get smoke out the exhaust. The vertical part currently ends in 03, so that means that it is the third design. There was one that ended in 02 but it was deleted and replaced by 03.

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My car had its 30K service at the dealer just the other week. Smoked a lot, and I mentioned to my service advisor others suggested it might be the oil separator, so they went ahead and replaced it. He said there's no way to tell from looking at it if it has problems or not. No big puffs of smoke every time it starts now, and it doesn't smoke when running (so far). It's still too early to tell if this solved the problem, but I'm hopeful

Replacement part number for warranty work oil separator is 996-107-023-03. No indication on the invoice what the retail price would be

Depending on where you live and how good your relationship is with your dealer, you might want to check whether this is covered under the emissions control warranty

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