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How to Replace an EGR Valve on a Ford Windstar

by Carl Pruit

The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve on the Ford Windstar is designed to recycle the vehicle's emissions and burn them off a second time to reduce the pollutants that come out of your car's exhaust.The EGR valve on your Ford Windstar is located on the top of the engine block in the back, next to the firewall, and looks like a silver or black metal disk. Replacing the EGR valve on your Ford Windstar is a simple job that can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Replace the EGR valve on the Ford Windstar by finding it on top of the motor near the firewall. The EGR valve is a flat metal disk that is either black or silver and held onto the motor with two bolts.

Unfasten the metal vehicle emissions tube from the EGR valve by using an open-end wrench to loosen the nut on the end of the tube that is threaded into the valve. Carefully pull the tube out of the valve when the nut is loose.

Pull the vacuum hose off the top of the EGR valve by carefully pulling it straight up. Place the vacuum hose out of the way so that it does not get damaged.

Remove the EGR valve from the top of the motor by using a socket wrench to unfasten the bolts holding the valve in place. Take the valve off the engine and discard it.

Place the new EGR valve on the motor of your Ford Windstar and attach it with two bolts to the engine. Connect the vacuum hose to the vacuum port on the top of the EGR valve.

Thread the nut that is attached to the emissions tube into the side of the EGR valve by hand. Once the nut is hand-tightened, secure it the rest of the way with the open-end wrench.

Warning

  • To avoid being burned, always be careful when working around a hot engine, and allow it to cool whenever possible.

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About the Author

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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