Replace EGR valve in '98 Camry?

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Old 05 Sep 2006, 05:38 am   #1 (permalink)
Rob
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Default Replace EGR valve in '98 Camry?

My EGR valve is bad according to a diagnostic test I had a autoshop
run yesterday. I need to replace it.

If I were to buy one, is this an easy thing to replace on a 1998 Camry
LE V6? Or should I get a mechanic to do it?

No, I'm not terribly handy, but if its obvious, I certainly don't want
to pay someone.

Thanks.
Bob

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Old 05 Sep 2006, 12:36 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Rob wrote:
> My EGR valve is bad according to a diagnostic test I had a autoshop
> run yesterday. I need to replace it.

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Try cleaning the passageway to the EGR valve first. This is a common
mode of failure - they can get plugged up with carbon, and in that
event, just replacing the valve would not solve the problem.
The EGR valve itself is not particularly hard to reach on the 4
cylinder, but I would imagine it is that much more difficult on the
six. Just held on by a couple of bolts, but they're likely to need
penetrant because they get hot and could corrode like fasteners on the
exhaust system. After all, the EGR does "reciculate exhaust gas."
There is probably also an exhaust gas temperature sensor wire to
disconnect. Not difficult, but not among the simplest of repairs
either.
Removing the passageway to the EGR valve (that carries the exhaust gas)
looked more difficult to access. When I changed the O ring on the
distributor and had it removed, the access looked a lot better, but
your '98 may not have a distributor, so I don't know how easy a time
you would have removing it.
The alternate is just to clear the passage way with a stiff wire, cover
the opening with a cloth, and then start the engine briefly to blow out
the soot.

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Old 05 Sep 2006, 12:54 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you!

Robert



On 5 Sep 2006 10:36:59 -0700, "Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com>
wrote:

>Rob wrote:
>> My EGR valve is bad according to a diagnostic test I had a autoshop
>> run yesterday. I need to replace it.

>===========
>Try cleaning the passageway to the EGR valve first. This is a common
>mode of failure - they can get plugged up with carbon, and in that
>event, just replacing the valve would not solve the problem.
>The EGR valve itself is not particularly hard to reach on the 4
>cylinder, but I would imagine it is that much more difficult on the
>six. Just held on by a couple of bolts, but they're likely to need
>penetrant because they get hot and could corrode like fasteners on the
>exhaust system. After all, the EGR does "reciculate exhaust gas."
>There is probably also an exhaust gas temperature sensor wire to
>disconnect. Not difficult, but not among the simplest of repairs
>either.
>Removing the passageway to the EGR valve (that carries the exhaust gas)
>looked more difficult to access. When I changed the O ring on the
>distributor and had it removed, the access looked a lot better, but
>your '98 may not have a distributor, so I don't know how easy a time
>you would have removing it.
>The alternate is just to clear the passage way with a stiff wire, cover
>the opening with a cloth, and then start the engine briefly to blow out
>the soot.


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