How to Clean an EGR Valve on a Ford F150by Johnathan Cronk
Your Ford F150 is equipped with a special valve called the "exhaust gas recirculation valve," or the EGR valve. The EGR valve plays a very important role in the proper functioning of your vehicle's exhaust system. The valve directs exhaust into the intake manifold, where the exhaust is cooled. This process is crucial to the life of your vehicle, as it prevents the engine and other components from overheating and becoming damaged. Over time, the valve will become dirty and clogged, so it is important to clean the EGR valve to ensure it operates properly.
Ensure the Ford F150 is set in "Park" on a level surface. Leave the vehicle to sit and cool for a half hour.
Open the hood of the F150 and locate the exhaust gas recirculation valve. Look for the valve on the engine intake manifold; the valve is a small, circular, metal component.
Loosen the bolts that secure the valve in place, using a socket wrench. Once all bolts are loose enough, remove them and place them to the side. Remove the valve from the manifold; this may require a bit of force due to carbon buildup.
Clean the inside and the outside of the valve with carburetor cleaner. Clear away carbon build-up, using a wire brush and rag. Spray cleaner on the valve mount and wipe away with a rag--this will ensure a clean connection.
Reinstall the valve onto the valve mount. Place each bolt back onto the valve and tighten with the socket wrench. Once all bolts are replaced and tightened, close the hood of the F150.
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrench
- Carburetor cleaner
- Wire brush
Johnathan Cronk is a freelance writer and began writing at the age of 18. Throughout his career he has specialized in sports, how-to and advice articles. He has also written sales pitches in the corporate setting since 2001. He studied business at Hudson Valley Community College before transferring to the State University of New York, Albany.