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What Is A Catch Tank?

An Oil Catch Can Tank

is a simple device that benefits countless types of vehicles whether they are boosted, supercharged, or normally aspirated.
There are many platforms like Porsche, Corvette, Pontiac, Audi, Skoda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lotus, Nissan, etc., all these are different platforms need different setups, but the goal is the same. To keep the internals cleaner.
To explain it simply, an oil catch can tank is a reservoir, or filter for a PCV line coming from the valve covers. There is also a Breather line associated with the PCV line. Both lines function together for the emission system to work. When one side is positive pressure, the other side is negative pressure.

So why does somebody need an Oil Catch Can Tank?

The reason is, that the valve rings do not create a perfect seal. If they did, the pistons would not be able to move up and down. But since there is a tiny gap between the cylinders and the pistons, a little bit of pressure is able to escape into the valve cover area. At the same time burnt oils are also escaping into the valve cover area as well. This is called "blow by". This stuff is nasty and does enter the valve cover area and will escape into the PCV line and Breather. The PCV line will recycle these burnt solids back into your intake manifold which will increase the level of carbon solids, and reduce your octane levels.
For a boosted setup, the Breather line will recirculate some of these oils into the intake which will go into the intercooler. Of course, the intercooler works best when the interior surfaces are nice and clean. When the breather line returns any fumes with oils into the intake, this will start to coat the inside of the intercooler with oil, and reduce the heat exchange efficiency. A 2nd tank is used to keep this side clean as well.


See The Basic Saikou Michi OCC System (PDF)

So, the simplest solution

is to insert an oil catch tank can into each line, this gives these heavy oil solids and gunk a place to enter and pool. There are many shapes and sizes, and even different configurations which are closed-loop, and open loop. These are the basic principles of an oil catch can tank. Thanks for looking!
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All our products are simple filters and are not intended to modify the PCV system, this does not mean that local authorities will understand this. You are responsible for upholding local statues and keeping your vehicle legal. This product may be considered for "Offroad Use Only", please check your local statutes.

Working on any vehicle may be hazardous and result in injury. These products must be installed by a qualified technician. You must be qualified or seek the help of a professional mechanic. If you are not sure about how to connect this filter, have a professional mechanic perform the installation. Keep all hoses away from hot surfaces, if you are not sure of the routing, have a professional mechanic perform the installation. You are responsible for the safe and proper installation of this filter product.