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I need to replace my egr valve and wanted to have a spare on both. i need someone to let me know. i contacted napa and auto parts source but they don't have it anymore or backordered

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  • smallorca Jun 16, 2009

    i will let you know but before that any chance i can get a diagram on where my egr valve located and how to clean it without making it worse or causing more problem to the valve.

  • smallorca Jun 16, 2009

    thanks for the great info...i'll let you know how it goes.

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Most of the time you can clean the EGR valve if it's just stuck cause of the carbon build up. Try removing it first and spraying it clean with carb cleaner, let it dry before installing it and make sure the EGR valve moves before installing and you may need a new gasket if the oil one gets damaged but a good RTV gasket maker works good too. You can do this for a few years and have to clean it again. Check the wire harness to the EGR valve to make sure there are not break in it and there is no corrosion to the wire clip at the EGR valve. Good luck and hope this helps save some money. Keep me posted, be glad to help.

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    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 16, 2009

    The EGR valve is located in the front right of the motor, slightly below the alternator. It is about the size of a large bottle of pills with an attachment on it.
    First, unlock the air filter cover and remove the air filter. Place a screwdriver in the ring sticking out above the air filter box below the windshield trim piece to hold up the air filter cover up and out of the way. The air filter box sits on three holders with rubber ends. Grasp the air filter box with both hands and lift straight up off the holders and out of the engine compartment. This will give you a clear view of the EGR valve and room to work as well. Next, remove the wiring harness by sliding the red tab on the connector out of it's centered, locked position. Then remove the connector by pulling it away from the EGR valve. The EGR valve has 4 bolts. 2 are 8mm and the other 2 are 10mm. Remove all 4 bolts, being careful not to drop or lose thegaskets on either end of the EGR valve. Removing these bolts is best done with a 1/4" ratchet with deep-well sockets or regular sockets and a small extension. Remove the EGR valve and either replace with a new one or spray inside thoroughly with carbeurator cleaner to free up the plunger action inside. This will break up the carbon on the inside, allowing the plunger that is in the valve to move freely, which is the likely cause if the problem. After soaking, it may be necessary to use a screwdriver to break free and exercise the plunger. Place the tip of screw driver inside the opening in center of the EGR valve on move the plunger in and out. This may be difficult, so use spray liberally. Wipe carbon deposits off any area the will touch the gaskets and clean off excess spray. Re-install EGR valve the same way it came off, making sure to reattach wiring and secure. Note: If a check-engine light is on prior to replacing the EGR valve, disconnect the positive terminal on the battery and wait 30 seconds for the computer to reset itself. Reconnect the positive terminal and start engine. If problem persists, consult the dealer. hope this helps friend.

  • Harvey N Tawatao
    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 16, 2009

    All most forgot, if you do disconnect the battery, make sure your radio is turned off. If you leave your radio on when you disconnect the battery, your going to be prompted to enter the radio code to have it active again. Sorry my bad. keep me posted.

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