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richcalley

Egr Valve

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Hi there. I was hoping someone could help me.

I've had the Rac out today because my Toyota Avensis Estate suddenly lost power whilst driving. The guy plugged my car in and told me that my EGR valve was either clogged or broken.

My question is ' Is my car still ok to drive or would I do any further damage. He blew to exhaust out using the accelerator pedal and we took it for a short drive and the car was fine. Unfortunately my garage isn't open until next week and Toyota Jemca have quoted me £600 to get the job done. I'd be very grateful for any help. Many thanks

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Have look around the forum for EGR valve and you will find all the information you need, even to do the job yourself if you want to it is very easy.

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I would clean it first, then replace if needed, what year is your avensis and what engine?

here is a couple of guides on the forum.
http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/topic/114711-2003-d4d-egr-clean/

http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/topic/106241-how-to-clean-an-auris-t180-sr180-egr-valve-this-could-be-a-good-ide/

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You are a star. I'll give it a go when it stops raining. Lol. Is it still ok for me to drive tho. Really need it for work tomorrow.

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I would clean it with carb cleaner. it will probably go into limp mode again.

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You can drive it but it will be a bit crap to drive and may go into limp mode.

Unlikely to need replacing, just cleaning.

It's a pity the weather is so bad as it's very easy to DIY, but you could probably get most garages to do it - They just need to remove the EGR (And possibly the throttle body), blast/bathe it with carb cleaner and poke out any blocked holes with a screwdriver or something (This is the only tricky bit if they've never done it before as one of the holes is almost invisible when its blocked up because it looks like it's part of the pipe! I missed it the first time I did it on mine.)

A small family garage, esp a Toyota specialist may be more willing than a larger one tho' as it's a fairly quick job.

The longest part is waiting for the parts to dry!

The soot is a massive PITA to dislodge but carb cleaner is like magic on the stuff and will quickly make everything all shiny :D

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Thank you guys so much. You've been such a help. Really appreciate it. Spent the night worrying about how I was gonna afford sorting this out but I'll definitely give it a try. Was a bit concerned because the RAC fella said it al needed recalibrating !!!

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Thank you guys so much. You've been such a help. Really appreciate it. Spent the night worrying about how I was gonna afford sorting this out but I'll definitely give it a try. Was a bit concerned because the RAC fella said it al needed recalibrating !!!

Not so sure about re-calibrating. However, I suspect there may be codes that need re-setting on the ECU. Did the RAC man check for codes and say if he reset them?

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Did it this morning. Really easy to do. Enjoyed doing it. The valve was absolutely clogged up as was the chamber below. Gave it a really good clean and it's all sparkling. Put it all back together and took itout for a short drive. No limping or cutting out. A little bit of smoke out of the back so gave it a good blow through and it's fine. The engine warning light has now gone so I assume that the ECU has decided that the car is now ok. Once again many thanks to you all :)

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Give yourself a pat on the back you just saved £600.00.

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