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Old 02-05-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
edray OP
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airhead oil breather valve disaster..

first: can't get the damn thing out..
wanted to upgrade to the reed valve.. attempted to pull up and out w/ loops of wire,pipe, frame as fulcrum as previously posted.. then when wires broke, used hooks and loop of cable ...hooks failed, and the kicker: post snapped off old valve...
hmmmm. scoured shop, huge force threw hooks across shop(had duct tape on them so they wouldn't fall down inside if they broke..), found them..but no post. can't see it below valve,etc..realizing that being aluminum, won't be able to fish it out(if its in there..), so will drop oil, and pan and look around.. hopefully it got flung away from the open holes by the force of the break???..
course now gotta get the old one out..so can poke around topside..
as the previous poster a ways back said when he lost his pulling chain thing down there..he didn't wanna be the 3000 dollar breather valve guy..
me neither.
arghhhh.
any pointers..?????
thanks in advance.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:26 AM   #2
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Drill a hole in the plate and screw a fat woodscrew in it.
Lever it out with a clawhammer or similar.

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Old 02-06-2011, 06:50 AM   #3
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Beg, buy, borrow or steal an automotive dent puller. They usually come with a hook tool that you can slip past one of the windows in the valve. It'll pop right out.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:22 AM   #4
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Beg, buy, borrow or steal an automotive dent puller. They usually come with a hook tool that you can slip past one of the windows in the valve. It'll pop right out.
+1 or a slide hammer.....those things are invaluable on an airhead with seals
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:47 AM   #5
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It's too late now for this ... but ...

1. Go ride for 30 minutes. Get the engine nice and hot.
2. Go buy a can of the 'computer air cleaner' ... the canned 'air' that you blow off keyboards, electrical equip, etc.
3. While the engine is hot, quickly remove everything so get to said valve. Take it's cover off.
4. Hose the CENTER of the valve with the air cleaner. The air cleaner will start getting VERY COLD. Keep hosin.
5. Attach a pair of vice grips to one of the valve legs, and gently begin pulling, no twisting, pull strait up.
6. Keep hosing with the air throughout this.
7. At some point it will *pop* right out.

But for your current problem, I might start to think about a dremel tool and a shop vac. Good luck.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:48 AM   #6
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Even a cheapo slide hammer will work. I bought probably the cheapest slide hammer I could find about 25 years ago. Still works fine. Pulled lots of those breathers out with it. Sometimes, you have to apply a little heat to the engine case to help ease it out, but only a little. I use a small heat gun for that (again, the cheapest one I could find at a hobby store).

Yes, I can be very cheap. That way I can put more $$ in the tank and go for longer rides.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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thanks..

great options..
now to gather tools..catch my breath and attack.
thanks guys..
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:51 PM   #8
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I'm the guy who dropped the link trying to pull the breather with a chain. I can smile about it now since I managed to get it out... To get the breather out, I ended up screwing a deck screw through it and prying it out.
If the attachment works, here is a crappy cell phone victory picture from my ordeal.
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