Question about 1999 Toyota Camry
How hard is it to replace the EGR valve in a 1999 toyota camry 4-cylinder engine with automatic trans.? The local dealer wants $550 to CLEAN the EGR valve on my coworkers camry, when a NEW one from a local parts shop only costs $180! Also, should she replace the vacuum line at the same time? The EGR valve gave her quite a problem a few years ago until it was finally replaced AND the vacuum line was cleaned or replaced.
Not difficult at all to service the EGR Valve using a #12 mm socket wrench it is a five minutes job. However the VSV is another history and very difficult to be reached unless you have an elevator After the engine begin stalling I double checked the EGR which was completely carbonized. I cleaned it and also replaced IAC checked VSV and all sensors, but the engine follows stalling. Now I am looking for the Charcoal Canister which I simply can't find where it is located, then I will check the vacuum lines and the transmission sensors, but I have heard that EGR despite cleaned can keep bringing troubles. By the way, anyone has ever heard where in the car is installed the charcoal canister
Posted on Aug 30, 2012
If you have small hands it can be easy. The space between firewall and EGR is tight but it wasn't too difficult to remove. The vacuum hose at the bottom was hard to pull off and I ended up cracking it and had to splice it. It was more difficult to re-install the EGR then remove it. I had a difficult time with keeping the gasket aligned while bolting it in to the lower tube. I took a few attempts. I suggest when replacing the EGR leave the mounting bolts loose so you can more easily align the metal tube. I would tighten the metal tube at the bottom of EGR first then tighten the upper two mounting bolts on top. It took me about 5 minutes to remove and 15 minutes to replace. I would be sure to clean the IAC too after cleaning the EGR. I sprayed throttle bottle cleaner down the bottom hole located on the throttle body and let soak about 15 minutes then start and run the engine a minute and repeat the process. This helped smooth the idle while stopped at a light. It also stopped the idle from shaking and almost stalling the car out at a traffic stop when the engine was warm.
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