2001 Ford Taurus Remove & Clean EGR Valve
Your 2001 Ford Taurus engine intake system is important to the efficiency of your vehicle. The exhaust gas recirculation valve, referred to as the EGR valve, is a component within the engine intake system. The EGR valve's primary responsibility is to direct exhaust into the manifold, where the exhaust is then cooled. This prevents the Taurus's engine from overheating. It's very common for the valve to become clogged with carbon or debris that cause the valve to cease working properly. The Taurus will fail an emissions test and may not perform up to standards. Clean the EGR valve with carburetor cleaner to ensure the valve works properly.
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 Remove & Clean EGR Valve
- Ensure the Ford Taurus is in park and on level ground. Allow the Taurus to sit for twenty minutes to prevent components from being hot and causing burns.
- Locate the hood release latch inside the vehicle and open the hood. Find the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve, which is on the top of the engine manifold. The valve can be identified as a small, circular valve. The Ford Taurus owner's manual provides you with a diagram, if needed.
- Remove the bolts that are securing the EGR valve in place using a socket wrench. Remove the valve from the manifold by pulling the valve out of place.
- Use carburetor cleaner to clean the EGR valve. Spray carburetor cleaner inside the valve and on the valve. Clean away dirt and built up debris using a wire brush and a rag.
- Clean the engine intake manifold where the valve sits by spraying cleaner on the valve mount and wiping it down with a clean cloth.
- Place the EGR valve back onto the intake manifold. Replace and tighten each bolt, ensuring the socket is secured in place. Close the hood of the Taurus and your vehicle is now ready for use.