Question about Ford Ranger
I'm not sure exactly where the valve is located on your model but I'd like to offer advice.
High NOx levels can be caused by faulty EGR valves. The valve operates off of vacuum and the problem may just be a torn or disconnected vacuum hose. However if the valve is clogged it will need ro be removed, cleaned, inspected and reinstalled with a new gasket. This is a fairly straightforward job, but you need at least a basic tool set and socket set, you must know what parts of the valve to clean, and how to clean them without damaging them, you will need to scrape off the old gasket without damaging the mating surfaces,etc. Also because the egr valve comes in contact with hot exhaust gasses the bolts can become seized over time making them very difficult to remove.
Only because you call yourself a desk jockey I assume you don't have much, if any, auto repair experience. It might be best to just take the truck to a reputable repair shop. Weather the valve needs to be cleaned or replaced the shop will only charge an hours labor, plus the cost of the part if needed. If you do decide to try your hand at the repair I would strongly suggest spending $20 on a repair manual. The pictures and step by step instructions are invaluable to a first time mechanic. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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