Don’t limit yourself to just checking emissions controls – use your smoke machine to check numerous vehicle systems.
A smoke machine may seem like an expensive piece of equipment if it is just used for testing EVAP systems. But, if you factor in other diagnostic tests it can perform, it is a worthwhile investment.
1. PCV System : A leaking PCV system can cause unmetered air to enter the intake manifold. By pressurizing the crankcase with smoke, you can find leaks in not only the hoses and connections, but also other items like the valve cover and oil pan gaskets. The best place to connect the smoke machine is at the oil filler neck.
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