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NT Pajero Gearbox Breather Installation - Eastwood Gen 4 manual gearbox and transfer box share a breather pipe and problem is that the breather tube ends with a one-way rubber valve

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  • NTPajeroManualGearboxBreatherTubeInstallationBACKGROUND A couple of people have mentioned to me that they have had breathers installed in their front and back diffs but NOT installed for the gearbox or transfer case.

    I have heard excuses like it is too hard or they cannot be fitted.

    This is incorrect and it is possible to fit them but it is very hard as there is very little space.

    I have a manual 2009 NT Pajero, but I think the same solution will work with any Generation 4 Pajero, 2006 and later.

    PROBLEM The Gen 4 manual gearbox and transfer box share a breather pipe and problem is that the breather tube ends with a one-way rubber valve just above the bellhousing and it is very difficult to see without a flexible snake camera. There is about 3cm between the back of the engine and the firewall to access the top of the bell housing where the existing metal breather tube ends.

    I was unable to find a Gen 4 manual gearbox picture but the picture below is a Gen 3 gearbox will assist in understanding the location. The Gen 3 breather is in a similar location.

    The picture below shows a Gen 3 manual gearbox with the location of the breather tube:

  • Solution To fit a breather tube to the gearbox one must:

    Pull off the existing rubber valve off the existing breather pipe with a hook made of coat hanger wire or flat aluminum, see picture below:

    I used 6mm poly as a breather tube extension. To be able to push the new breather

    tube on the existing breather pipe it needs a solid pipe on the outside that may be used to push the breather pipe on and then removed later. I slid the breather tube pipe down inside a piece of old TV ariel tube alloy metal pipe about 40cm long. This pipe needs to have an inside diameter just a bit bigger than the breather tube so the breather tube will slide up and down in the metal tube, thus it may be removed later.

    I used a 40mm length of 10mm OD and 5mm ID reinforced rubber pipe, like fuel pipe, as a joiner from the existing metal breather tube to the 6mm poly breather extension tub which then runs up to the breather filter which I bolted by the windscreen motor drive. Slide a 20mm length of the rubber hose over the flexible breather pipe.

    Split the end of the rubber tube for about 2mm and grease it so it will easily slide over the metal breather, see below:

  • Use the metal pipe to push the new breather pipe joiner over the existing metal breather tube using the Snake Camera to guide it into location.

    You may be able to get your hand down the side of the engine to guide the tube into location but be prepared to lose some skin in the process.

    The picture below shows my Snake Camera with the top of the existing metal breather pipe in view and I pushed the hose down alongside it into location.

    Then slide off the metal pipe and tie the breather tube to the chassis.

    10mm rubber tube

    6mm poly tube

    Split and

    grease

    40cm ariel tube

    40cm ariel tube

  • RearDiffBreatherTubeLocationThe rear diff location is simple and can be seen clearly by looking under the back of the vehicle.

    FrontDiffBreatherTubeLocationThis is hidden under the air filter box. Check which pipe it is by tracing up from the front diff.

    Paul E Harris

    3 September 2017

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