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How to Repair a 2000 Toyota Camry EGR Valve

by Eric Grosso

The exhaust gas recirculation valve, or EGR valve, works by sending a portion of the engine emissions back through the intake manifold, thereby lowering the final level of hazardous emissions. A car might experience trouble accelerating or stuttering with an improperly-operating EGR valve. On a 2000 Toyota Camry, most novice mechanics can clean or replace the valve in a few minutes. The instructions differ depending upon the engine size within the vehicle.

Four-Cylinder Engines

Step 1

Unplug the vacuum hose from the EGR valve, located near the center of the firewall.

Step 2

Unscrew the EGR valve mounting bolts with a socket wrench. Pull the valve from the intake manifold.

Step 3

Inspect the valve for a heavy amount of carbon deposits. Clean the valve with a small rag if necessary or replace the valve.

Step 4

Set the valve against the intake manifold, using a new gasket between the valve and the intake manifold. Install the mounting bolts with a socket wrench.

Plug the vacuum hose into the EGR valve.

V6 Engines

Step 1

Raise the front of the vehicle with a hydraulic jack. Set jack stands under the frame rails on the front of the car to secure it while changing or cleaning the EGR valve.

Step 2

Unscrew the EGR valve pipe bolts, only accessible from underneath the car, with a socket wrench. The pipe travels from the EGR valve on the side of the intake manifold to the bottom of the engine block.

Step 3

Detach the hose from the retaining clip on the side of the EGR valve, located near the center of the firewall, attached to the intake manifold.

Step 4

Disconnect the electrical connection from the EGR valve and pull the vacuum hose from the EGR valve.

Step 5

Unscrew the three EGR valve mounting bolts and pull the valve from the intake manifold.

Step 6

Inspect the valve for a heavy amount of carbon deposits. Clean the valve with a small rag if necessary or replace the valve.

Step 7

Set the valve against the intake manifold, using a new gasket between the valve and the intake manifold. Install the mounting bolts with a socket wrench.

Step 8

Connect the electrical connection to the EGR valve and push the vacuum hose onto the EGR valve.

Step 9

Attach the hose to the retaining clip on the side of the EGR valve.

Step 10

Install the EGR valve pipe bolts near the bottom of the engine block with a socket wrench.

Remove the jack stands from under the car. Lower the car with the hydraulic jack.

Items you will need

  • Socket set
  • EGR valve gasket
  • Small towel
  • Hydraulic jack
  • Jack stands

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