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2003 Acura EL Engine Swap (Almost Done! Need Your Help)

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I've been banging away to swap out an old, dead 1.7L VTEC out of my 2003 Acura EL. I've got a fresh motor in and good to go, but I'm stuck.

I'm reusing the old manual transmission (changed the clutch while I was in there), and I've gotten to a point in reassembly where I don't know how to proceed.

On top of the transmission, where the shift cables are connected, there is a tube. I had a piece of cut tubing on it (I didn't cut it), and I don't even know if it's supposed to be there, or where it's meant to be. I took a look at a lot of wrecked Civics at a couple of nearby scrapyards (as well as the old Hayne's manual), and I can't find anything that's a match.

It looks like this: (see https://imgur.com/a/NuFD95T for hi-res):

The 2nd pic is the same, but with the hose taken off for visibility. If you need better pics/angles, please let me know:





You'd absolutely make my week if you could help me.

Thanks!
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Re: 2003 Acura EL Engine Swap (Almost Done! Need Your Help)

It’s a breather tube for the transmission usually help minimize condensation and make sure transmission does not pressurize when it heats up and pushes fluid out the seals.

You likely have a port in the bottom of your resonator that it plugs into.

very likely a cold Canadian addition we don’t see down here.

Worst case senario just pop a pvc valve on it and call it a day.



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Re: 2003 Acura EL Engine Swap (Almost Done! Need Your Help)

There's supposed a vent cap on it, go buy one from the dealership. Should be pretty cheap
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Re: 2003 Acura EL Engine Swap (Almost Done! Need Your Help)

Simple vent cap (dust cover). Vents to atmosphere, not the breather.

Catalog link (Civic, USA), item #1 in the pic is the piece you're missing:
https://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/v-2004-honda-civic-coupe--dx--5-speed-manual/transmission-manual--mt-shift-arm-shift-lever
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Re: 2003 Acura EL Engine Swap (Almost Done! Need Your Help)

You guys are the best. That's exactly what it was. Snagged one off a wrecked car and popped it on there.

I just finished reassembling. Just have to add fluids and see if she starts. I neglected to buy oil today and didn't think I'd get this far tonight, haha. Please pray to the various motoring gods for me.
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Re: 2003 Acura EL Engine Swap (Almost Done! Need Your Help)

I've got an 03 EL but in an auto trans. Have questions, ask away bro.
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