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Installing EGR Valve

I know this may sound dumb but....I am at my grandma's house. While I was here her check engine light came on. I got the OBD checked and it came back as EGR Excessive Flow. I went out and got the ERG value. Brought it back to her house to put it in then followed the following steps.

1: Removed the vacuum line from the top.
2: Took the 2 screws out of it EGR Value.

Now the problem......

3: The bigger line that runs into the bottom of the EGR I can't figure out how to get it out?!?!?!?!?

The only thing that comes to mind is using a big open-ended wrench (maybe 22mm) and hope that the threads come out of the ERG?

Am I barking up the wrong tree? I tried the biggest wrench available to me...which was 19mm and it was still to small....if I used adjustable wrench it did give me room to move the bolt? Has anyone else had this problem or does anyone know how to do this easily.....

Any help is a greatly appreciated :0)

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Well, you first need the right size wrench, and an adjustable more than probably won't do the trick...

But here's the catch, I have close to the same engine/EGR configuration that the 2000 Contour has, and because of the heat going through the EGR system, more than half the time that big line is baked on the valve pretty solid.

In my case, I tried a propane torch to heat it to no avail, maybe/probably an oxyacetylene torch would work if you know how to heat the nut without melting anything around it.

But I had none of the above so I had to cut the line off close to the nut with a grinder, remove some items around the nut for clearance, and get a socket on the nut with a long power bar to get it off, and get a new pipe of course.

Sounds like a pain, and it is... You might try measuring the nut with a caliper and getting the right sized wrench, heating up the nut, hitting the other end of the wrench with a hammer to try to break it free, you might be lucky.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

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