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Old 19th May 2009, 14:33   #1
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EGR Valve Cleaning

Hello all,

Tomorrow i'm going to clean the EGR valve on my friends 1.0 Corsa! fun times!

I'm just wondering what would be the best thing to clean it with?

Carb Cleaner? WD40? some have suggested Petrol?

Any advice would be great.

Thanks.

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Old 19th May 2009, 14:36   #2
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Carl cleaner worked fine for me
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Old 19th May 2009, 14:39   #3
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So you have done the same task your self?

If so, i read that the gasket is easily broken while removing the EGR valve, is this true?

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Old 19th May 2009, 14:42   #4
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Not on a corsa no so I cant comment on the gaskets..

I did it on my Mondeo and didnt have a problem with gaskets although its a messy job. Wear gloves because the crud will NOT come off your hands (although mine was diesel so its different crud, I wouldnt risk it...)
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Old 19th May 2009, 14:49   #5
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Thanks, i'll be getting the marigold gloves out then!

Any pointers on a good carb cleaner to buy? Never bought any of the stuff before tbh. Do i just pop down to Halfords and grab what ever is there?

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Old 19th May 2009, 14:56   #6
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You might get away with running a can of 10k Boost through the engine.

No need to remove the EGR valve.. just spray the can down the air intake.

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Old 19th May 2009, 15:45   #7
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You might get away with running a can of 10k Boost through the engine.

No need to remove the EGR valve.. just spray the can down the air intake.
I'll try that first, thanks.

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Old 19th May 2009, 15:47   #8
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When I did mine halfords only had one type of carb cleaner - Winns I think..
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Old 19th May 2009, 17:43   #9
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When I did mine halfords only had one type of carb cleaner - Winns I think..
Thge winns carb cleaner and the 10k boost work in the same way do they not?

It's just winns is half the price of the 10k so don't want to shell out if i dont need to.

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Old 19th May 2009, 18:41   #10
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shameful bump?

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When I did mine halfords only had one type of carb cleaner - Winns I think..
Myself and NickXX used this to clean his EGR valve on his chipped 330d on Sunday.

We had tried to clean it a few weeks earlier with a toothbruth and water, but it was on solid. Sprayed ont he carb cleaner and it just poured out the other side.

Total time to do it was about 45 minutes including removing and then refitting.
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Old 19th May 2009, 19:09   #12
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carb cleaner small screw driver and a little wire brush/toothbrush is what you want, just spray it in the carb cleaner will break it up and a lot of it will just fall out if you give it a gentle tap against something solid, the rest you can get out by scraping and spraying it, you will probably have a mesh filter too soak this in petrol then clean with a tooth brush.

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I was under the impression that 10k Boost can be sprayed into the air intake with the engine running.

Whereas carb cleaner could only be used with the engine off? and carb in hand as to speak.

Feel free to correct me

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I was under the impression that 10k Boost can be sprayed into the air intake with the engine running.

Whereas carb cleaner could only be used with the engine off? and carb in hand as to speak.

Feel free to correct me
This is what i was wondering also.

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Old 19th May 2009, 20:00   #15
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I can only echo the wear gloves, I did my mondeo tdci and didn't - had dirty black hands for about a week!

Other than that it's an easy job and made a big difference.
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Old 19th May 2009, 20:28   #16
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Myself and NickXX used this to clean his EGR valve on his chipped 330d on Sunday.

We had tried to clean it a few weeks earlier with a toothbruth and water, but it was on solid. Sprayed ont he carb cleaner and it just poured out the other side.

Total time to do it was about 45 minutes including removing and then refitting.
Yeah - you're best off removing the EGR valve and doing it properly rather than cleaning it in situ.

Don't try cleaning it in the kitchen sink. I did mine on the lawn.
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Old 19th May 2009, 20:29   #17
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I paid to have mine done

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Old 19th May 2009, 20:37   #18
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Recently did one on a 1.4 16v Corsa, was a metal gasket so not issues of it breaking, but it was a total git to get to.
Cleaned it with WD40

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Old 19th May 2009, 21:53   #19
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I can only echo the wear gloves, I did my mondeo tdci and didn't - had dirty black hands for about a week!

Other than that it's an easy job and made a big difference.
I think its special Ford brand TDCI dirt, the only way to get it off is to remove skin!
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This thread might be worth a look.


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I was under the impression that 10k Boost can be sprayed into the air intake with the engine running.

Whereas carb cleaner could only be used with the engine off? and carb in hand as to speak.

Feel free to correct me
you use 10k boost with the engine running
its something like 1min with the engine at 2-2500 rpm then let it tick over for 5mins and keep repeating this until the cans empty

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Old 20th May 2009, 19:32   #22
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Carb cleaner is gonna be way more effective shifting carbon in an EGR system though and you will know what the condition was like.

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