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Old 08-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Aftermarket oil separator

What's the benefit of these?

I don't have oil in my intake or anything, I was just curious to get more info on this

On another note, I've heard complaints about engine ticking in the 800 range. Anyone have any issues with this and if so, is it fixable?
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Oil separators or "catch cans" catch oil from the crank case fumes recirculating back into the intake. Any and every car has some oil in their crank case fumes, but some are definitely worse than others. Regardless, it's a nice upgrade on any car to prevent oil from getting to the intake. I highly suggest picking one up if you like to drive your Mustang aggressively.

Hope this info helps!

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I saw no signs of oil in my breather system either, so, I am surprised at the amount that does get collected in my JLT passenger side unit between my oil changes. It has got to be better for any motor not to breath so much oil mist....
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I also had no signs, my car just hit 2k miles, got it for piece of mind, did a few passes and a 200 mile drive and id say there was about a teaspoons worth of oil in the JLT unit
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I also had no signs, my car just hit 2k miles, got it for piece of mind, did a few passes and a 200 mile drive and id say there was about a teaspoons worth of oil in the JLT unit
Yup, that's exactly what I've seen on all of our Mustangs. Except for the amount that we track our Mustang, it tends to build up pretty quick after a month. Which is fine, as long as it's not being burnt in the combustion chamber!

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I've been running my jlt can since the car was new with 80 miles on it. I swapped out to a boss intake manifold and the stocker was SOAKED with oil! Then after only a few hundred miles I took the boss off and installed the stocker. The boss was soaked at that point. The can has never had more than a few drops in it and the driver side line shows NO SIGNS of oil. If I had to guess I'd say the JLT unit isn't working that well? Also the way it installs isn't great plus the fittings are cheap.
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I've been running my jlt can since the car was new with 80 miles on it. I swapped out to a boss intake manifold and the stocker was SOAKED with oil! Then after only a few hundred miles I took the boss off and installed the stocker. The boss was soaked at that point. The can has never had more than a few drops in it and the driver side line shows NO SIGNS of oil. If I had to guess I'd say the JLT unit isn't working that well? Also the way it installs isn't great plus the fittings are cheap.
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It's strange your catch can isn't gathering any oil when your intake manifold is wet. Something doesn't sound right here, I've never seen anyone have this issue with their JLT catch can before. I know it would be really hard to, but it's definitely installed correctly right? The lines can't be switched?

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It does gather SOME oil but by no means fills it up. In my opinion the can isn't large enough to capture ALL of the oil vapor.
I can bet $$ that anyone who has ran this jlt can for a wile can pull there intake manifolds and will see a good amount of oil build up. I've been apart of 5 different cars that swapped intakes/blowers. 3 had cans (including mine) and 2 did not. None had any more or any less build up than the other. They were all about the same.
Bottom line is there really not necessary. I'd spend the 100+$ on something else. Even the blower cars like roush and Shelby don't not have catch cans from the factory which is what these cans were supposedly designed for
If you HAVE TO have a catch can on your car I would look into a kit from summit racing or jegs. These kits have WAY better fittings, lines, and have a larger canister. Plus there about 40$ cheaper
I will be eliminating the lines all together and installing breathers and plugging the intakes.
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Bobs blue oval can is what the big blower gt500 guys run.
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The JLT separators do not collect all the oil.
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The JLT separators do not collect all the oil.
Correct. I just pulled my TB off earlier to install my NX plate, and felt a slight film inside the intake. Not much but there was some residue on my finger. My JLT separator collects about a tablespoon of oil every 3k miles though.
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The JLT separators do not collect all the oil.
Dang, I just put mine on 500 ago! So far its caught about a teaspoon or so. Think theres a better catch can out there or better off just selling it since its still letting oil through?
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Try putting folding a new coffee filter in your can. It will soak it up. I still am only getting about a teaspoon every 250 miles. On this time, I am going to 500 to see if there is anymore getting in.
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Dang, I just put mine on 500 ago! So far its caught about a teaspoon or so. Think theres a better catch can out there or better off just selling it since its still letting oil through?
Breathers are the answer. That's what I and several others use.
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Breathers are the answer. That's what I and several others use.
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Breathers are the answer. That's what I and several others use.
I may have to look into getting breathers. Now the breathers will go where the jlt separator clips onto the valve cover? Also (im sure its been covered), what breathers do most of you run? Thanks
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Breathers are an answer to oil in the intake but, they can make your car stink if conditions are right. Keep this in mind. The air inlet for the HVAC is underhood at the cowl behind the battery. Also, slowly but surely, the breathers get saturated and start misting the engine bay with liquid oil. They need to be looked after and not ignored, same as a catch can.

All the breather boys are about to start yelling at me that this never, ever, ever happens but, it can.
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All the breather boys are about to start yelling at me that this never, ever, ever happens but, it can.
No you're probably correct that at some point the breathers will need to be washed. I haven't had to wash mine yet but I don't put a lot of miles on my car.
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Try putting some steel wool in the catch can. It acts as a medium for the oil to grab to. When I did that my catch can started to fill up a lot faster.
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