1996 Ford Taurus Test EGR Valve
The EGR valve within your 1996 Ford Taurus is a critical component within the vehicle's exhaust system. The EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve has the job of regulating the fuel intake, which ensures the vehicle runs smoothly. When the Taurus begins to idle roughly or is slow to accelerate, the valve may be clogged or damaged causing sludge and carbon to enter the engine. It's important to check the valve on a regular basis to ensure it's working properly.
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 Test EGR Valve
- Place the 1996 Ford Taurus in park on a level surface. Engage the emergency brake within the vehicle. Turn the ignition key to start the engine and allow the vehicle to warm up for 10 minutes.
- Open the hood of the Taurus and locate the EGR valve, on the Taurus' engine intake manifold.
- Notice the plunger mechanism within the valve. The plunger is located on the outside of the valve and controls the gases from entering the engine.
- Watch the plunger as someone else revs the engine of the Taurus. A normal operating plunger will open and close quickly. If you notice the plunger sticking or moving slow, the valve needs to be cleaned or replaced immediately.