The vehicles usually are Honda Accord 4 cylinders or Mustang V6 with OBDII. The vehicles are equipped with an approved aftermarket cold air intake and an approved aftermarket Catalytic converter. They could use one or the other or both on the same vehicle.
No hose connects between the PCV valve and the cold air intake(capped port) and PCV filter in place of the PCV valve.
Very easy to see on the Honda, and a little harder to see on the Pony.
Inexperienced tech can get caught on both set-ups very easily, and experienced tech might get caught on the Pony set-up.
This new trick is called diversion/distraction! They make you spend so much time to verify the cold air and/or the catalytic converter EO#, and you let your guard down once you see that the Cold Air and/or Cat are approved and miss the PCV filter.
If you let your guard down-you might as well flip mcburgers.
it takes experience, discipline, and deaf ears not worrying about customers upset at wait.
One of my instuctors said you should add up your citation time conference, class taken and time off work going to them and the extra5-10 minutes on inspection time is meaningless. Ok I just gave you "fatherly advice"
This is not a new trick. In 2012 their was a V8 Camaro with a legal after market K&N Cold Air Intake with a cone filter replacing the stock unfiltered inlet to the air pump. It appears that the cone filter is part of the K&N!
Would that be non compliant? If the original A.I.R. Inlet to the electric air pump was only fitted with a Water Deflector from the factory. The only reason for the Water Deflector was to Save the Pump from moisture contamination. This could cause early failure of the A.I.R. pump.
GM's fix was to relocate the remote mounted air inlet inside a fender liner or similar location, and install a more Robust Water Deflector. And of course replace the pump if it was damaged.
There was no Inlet Filter from the factory, only a Water Deflector on many applications.
Is this a realistic scenario in the real world? Why would anyone in the real world remove the PCV valve and/or hose from the intake? Of course a hose or valve could be accidentally disconnected but that would be very obvious.
But for someone to go to the effort to insert a plastic cap in place of the PCV hose? Only the BAR would do something like that to intentionally deceive the tech. There's no reason for anyone else to do that to their car.
thanks for the pics first and foremost . If i am unsure of the instllation and what can be modified i read the whole pdf .But yes , that pcv filter cone thingy is dirty .I failed the cone to the air pump set up onnce ,not sure if they came back.