SaturnFans.com
what's new (beta) - classifieds - forums - photos


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Categories > How-To Library
Register FAQ Members List Groups Calendar Chat Room Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-05-2005, 03:54 PM   #1
sunshn1972
Member
sunshn1972 is on a distinguished road
 
sunshn1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Parsippany, NJ
Posts: 151
 

1998 SL2
Wrench Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

I cleaned my EGR valve today. I wasn't having any problems, it was just preventive maintenance. My 98 SL2 is at almost 121,000 miles, and as far as I know the EGR valve has never been cleaned. I was surprised that there was almost no build up on it. A few sprays of carb cleaner and a toothbrush got it shining in just a few minutes.

So here's what I did, with pictures.

...
This space intentionally left blank.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to sunshn1972's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help sunshn1972 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
sunshn1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 09-05-2005, 05:53 PM   #2
sunshn1972
Member
sunshn1972 is on a distinguished road
 
sunshn1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Parsippany, NJ
Posts: 151
 

1998 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

1. Find the EGR valve. Since I had never heard of such a thing until about a month ago, this was an interesting task.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Slide1b.JPG (63.0 KB, 10673 views)

...
This space intentionally left blank.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to sunshn1972's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help sunshn1972 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
sunshn1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2005, 05:56 PM   #3
sunshn1972
Member
sunshn1972 is on a distinguished road
 
sunshn1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Parsippany, NJ
Posts: 151
 

1998 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

2. I removed the air intake tube to make it easier to get to the EGR valve. Remove the electrical connector from the top.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Slide2b.JPG (68.9 KB, 8854 views)

...
This space intentionally left blank.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to sunshn1972's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help sunshn1972 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
sunshn1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2005, 05:57 PM   #4
sunshn1972
Member
sunshn1972 is on a distinguished road
 
sunshn1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Parsippany, NJ
Posts: 151
 

1998 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

3. There is a bracket that has to e removed (see photo). Then remove the two bolts holding the EGR in place. One of them is under the lower end of the bracket.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Slide3b.JPG (61.2 KB, 9218 views)

...
This space intentionally left blank.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to sunshn1972's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help sunshn1972 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
sunshn1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2005, 05:59 PM   #5
sunshn1972
Member
sunshn1972 is on a distinguished road
 
sunshn1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Parsippany, NJ
Posts: 151
 

1998 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

4. Once the EGR valve is off, spray some carb cleaner in the two holes under the spot the valve came off. You can see the gasket in this picture, it didn't come off with the valve. Don't get any carb cleaner on the gasket.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Slide4b.JPG (67.2 KB, 9731 views)

...
This space intentionally left blank.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to sunshn1972's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help sunshn1972 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
sunshn1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2005, 06:02 PM   #6
sunshn1972
Member
sunshn1972 is on a distinguished road
 
sunshn1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Parsippany, NJ
Posts: 151
 

1998 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

5. Hold the EGR valvehorizontally and spray carb cleaner on the pinktle (see picture). I used a regular toothbrush to clean the pintle, but I had hardly any buildup.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Slide5b.JPG (35.4 KB, 9999 views)

...
This space intentionally left blank.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to sunshn1972's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help sunshn1972 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
sunshn1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2005, 06:05 PM   #7
sunshn1972
Member
sunshn1972 is on a distinguished road
 
sunshn1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Parsippany, NJ
Posts: 151
 

1998 SL2
Wrench Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

6. Put it all back together inteh reverse order.

It was easier that I expected. Except for dropping the 10mm socket under the air filter and taking it off to get the socket back. Also, it would have been nice to have a deep well 10mm socket to get the bolt off that was under the bracket. I was able to do it with a standard socket, but not easily.

Let me know if I missed anything!

...
This space intentionally left blank.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to sunshn1972's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help sunshn1972 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
sunshn1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2007, 11:51 PM   #8
phile
New Member
phile is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 3

1992 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Thanks! My 1992 SL2 was running like goat manure. I took the EGR valve off and cleaned it. Runs perfect!

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to phile's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help phile reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
phile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2007, 11:01 AM   #9
m.dolan
New Member
m.dolan is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Seattle
Posts: 4

1994 SW2
Thumbs Up Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

sunshn1972 your timing on this topic for me was perfect, being a new member to this wonderful forum, I needed to ask about this same topic. your pics were just right. Am I right to assume that the soleniod and the valve are as one unit?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to m.dolan's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help m.dolan reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
m.dolan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2007, 12:42 AM   #10
Phredawgy
Senior Member
Phredawgy is on a distinguished road
 
Phredawgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Southeastern Arizona
Posts: 1,810
 

1996 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Quote:
Originally Posted by m.dolan View Post
sunshn1972 your timing on this topic for me was perfect, being a new member to this wonderful forum, I needed to ask about this same topic. your pics were just right. Am I right to assume that the soleniod and the valve are as one unit?
If yours is identical to the pictures then that is your EGR valve...electronic instead of vacuumed I spent alot of time looking for the mushroomish EGR that the Haynes manual was showing(and that I have in a different vehicle)

...
The streets will flow with the blood of all the non-believers!!!! And all those who won't include their vehicles vital information in their posts!!!!

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Phredawgy's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Phredawgy reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Phredawgy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2007, 10:37 PM   #11
JaeMarie
New Member
JaeMarie is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 8
Thumbs Up Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sunshn1972 View Post
I cleaned my EGR valve today. I wasn't having any problems, it was just preventive maintenance. My 98 SL2 is at almost 121,000 miles, and as far as I know the EGR valve has never been cleaned. I was surprised that there was almost no build up on it. A few sprays of carb cleaner and a toothbrush got it shining in just a few minutes.

So here's what I did, with pictures.
Thanks a million, fixed a P1404 by searching for it here. took me no time to find a FAQ. removed the intake on the 2000 sl2 to make it easier, probably not necessary though.

thank you autozone for pulling the code and saturnfans for posting a how-to; saved our family $150+. Much luv.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to JaeMarie's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help JaeMarie reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
JaeMarie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2007, 12:10 PM   #12
GlennCoco
Member
GlennCoco is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 99

1994 SL1
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Besides a 10mm socket, do I need anything else for this?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to GlennCoco's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help GlennCoco reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
GlennCoco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2007, 06:14 PM   #13
Phredawgy
Senior Member
Phredawgy is on a distinguished road
 
Phredawgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Southeastern Arizona
Posts: 1,810
 

1996 SL2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Quote:
Originally Posted by GlennCoco View Post
Besides a 10mm socket, do I need anything else for this?
Couple rags, used toothbrush, carb cleaner and a new gasket.

If you start the vehicle with the EGR off without beginning the cleaning process it will be loud as hell but you'll get alot of gunk out of there before hand

...
The streets will flow with the blood of all the non-believers!!!! And all those who won't include their vehicles vital information in their posts!!!!

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Phredawgy's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Phredawgy reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Phredawgy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2007, 12:06 PM   #14
David 93 SL2m
Master Member
David 93 SL2m will become famous soon enoughDavid 93 SL2m will become famous soon enough
 
David 93 SL2m's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: 12 miles north of Rockville, Maryland
Posts: 3,572
 

1993 SL2
2004 VUE 2.2L
Happy Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Phredawgy View Post
...and a new gasket.
Gaskets are not expensive and I recommend replacing them rather than reusing them.

...
As of Oct 2014
∙ 1993 SL2, 209K
∙ 1996 SC2,123K
∙ 2002 SL1, 91K
∙ 2004 VUE, 97K
...
Past
∙ 1993 SC2, 140K
∙ 1996 SC2, 157K
∙ 2001 SC2, 145K
∙ 2002 L200, 20K
...

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to David 93 SL2m's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help David 93 SL2m reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
David 93 SL2m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2007, 12:20 PM   #15
GlennCoco
Member
GlennCoco is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 99

1994 SL1
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

OK, I have the thing off. It's bigger than I thought. Am I supposed to have taken the whole thing off? It's got a big round black thing on the top of it.

Also, I think I read somewhere else that you're supposed to make sure the pintle moves freely. How do I test that exactly?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to GlennCoco's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help GlennCoco reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
GlennCoco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2007, 01:45 PM   #16
rlhdghhmh
Member
rlhdghhmh is on a distinguished road
 
rlhdghhmh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Payson UTAH
Posts: 93
 

2002 SL1
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

are the instructions for the DOHC the same as the SOHC is it in the same place?

...
2002 SL1 GO BIG OR GO HOME

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to rlhdghhmh's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help rlhdghhmh reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
rlhdghhmh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2007, 03:45 PM   #17
madpogue
Super Member
madpogue is a splendid one to beholdmadpogue is a splendid one to beholdmadpogue is a splendid one to beholdmadpogue is a splendid one to beholdmadpogue is a splendid one to beholdmadpogue is a splendid one to beholdmadpogue is a splendid one to behold
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 25,392
 

1996 SW2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Glen, yes, the electronic EGR valve is pretty big. You can test the movement of the pintle by pushing on it GENTLY with a screwdriver tip or the like.

Rlhdg... (why didn't you buy a vowel?), the EGR valve is a little further back on the SOHC, on the intake manifold. But the directions are pretty-much the same. When you remove the air intake tube, you'll see it.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to madpogue's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help madpogue reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
madpogue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2007, 06:18 PM   #18
L100andSW2
Member
L100andSW2 is on a distinguished road
 
L100andSW2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 58

2002 L-Series 2.2L Sedan
1995 SW2
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

Just got in from following this procedure and smooth sailing. Mine had plenty of carbon crud to clean off. Maybe the first time it's been done in the SW2's 13 yrs, 139,000 miles.

Side note - the ECTS is below the EGR. With EGR set to the side, did the ECTS change procedure and its was easier since could see and reach around better. The old ECTS was plastic type and cracked, replaced with brass unit. Used this thread for instructions:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24003

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to L100andSW2's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help L100andSW2 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
L100andSW2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2007, 08:41 PM   #19
duganator
Member
duganator is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 52
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

I hate to be that guy, but how do you know if you need to clean the egr?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to duganator's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help duganator reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
duganator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2007, 11:40 AM   #20
saturnchap
Junior Member
saturnchap is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 11
Default Re: Cleaning EGR Valve (with Pictures)

I guess mine is due!I've had it 5 years and never cleaned it.I guess that's why she's getting lazy in hills.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to saturnchap's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help saturnchap reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
saturnchap is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cleaning egr valve bdobraj S-Series General 11 04-07-2013 09:41 PM
EGR Valve Cleaning clickclickw00t S-Series Tech 1 05-30-2007 02:14 PM
EGR Valve Cleaning - HELP! LaraKimbo S-Series Tech 5 05-12-2007 11:13 AM
EGR Valve cleaning diablo2070 S-Series Tech 5 04-02-2007 08:11 PM
Cleaning EGR valve wolfehunter S-Series General 9 07-18-2006 10:03 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 AM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.