well, i've replaced the pcv valve, air filter, and installed a catch can.
i didn't really go into full detail of my problems, but this is the quick version:
air filter hadn't been changed since i bought it and i don't know how long before that.
i'd see a lot of black smoke if i got my rpm's high.
replaced the air filter and the black smoke is gone!
oil consumption problem and ecu light would go on if i opened up the throttle at low rpm's (ie. trying to accelerate in 5th gear).
ecu code was reading as a cylinder misfire.
put in new new pcv valve and now i'm unable to make the ecu light go on (even if i try)!
i'm still not sure what to do about the oil consumption problem.
it has been recommended that i do a marvel msytery oil piston soak. any thoughts?
are there any tutorials for removing spark plugs? i really have no idea
i also installed a catch can for the hell of it. it's the same as outlined in the sticky:
this is how it originally looked with two straight fittings:
here's after i realized that wouldn't fit, and put a 90 degree elbow on the intake:
here it is spliced into the hosing with pcv valve inline (sorry for the blurry pic):
and here it is installed:
car starts and runs normally. took a 5 min drive and didn't see any oil or blackening of the filter. hopefully it doesn't fill up too often
any other maintenance suggestions are welcome!
thanks for all the help!