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EGR Valve Cleaning 1.9cdti

Here is a quick photo guide of how to clean your EGR Valve, my car is a Vauxhall Vectra C with the 1.9cdti 150 engine on a 2006 plate. Its got around 46k on the clock and a few months back the EML came on a quick trip to a local Auto Electric place confirmed it was the EGR Valve stuck error.

Apparently these can stick quickly and then free them selves but still throw the error up or then can cease permanently. Anyway the light came on again so i decided that it was probably worth taking off the EGR Valve and giving it a good  clean and the mouth of the inlet manifold.

I’m not a mechanic by trade but i felt confident that this was easy enough to fix and probably took me around 40 minutes.

Things you will need

10mm Spanner or Socket
13mm Spanner or Socket
Flat head screw driver
Carb/Injector cleaner (i used 2 cans)
Small Paintbrush

1: Pop your bonnet and it should look like the below
Vectra C 1.9cdti Engine Bay

2: Lift off the black plastic engine cover, these are quite flexi and hard to damage
Vectra C 1.9cdti Engine Bay No Cover






3: Your now looking at a bare engine, your EGR Valve is directly under the top right engine mount.

4:Undo the nuts that are holding the engine mount on, don’t drop the nuts.
EGR Valve With Engine Mount






5: You’ll now have something like
EGR Valve Without Engine Mount

6: There is a sensor cable which attaches to the plastic side of the EGR Valve, i found this fiddly to remove whilst bolted to the engine, so i left it attached until the EGR Valve was free and removed then, now remove the bolts i would suggest leaving a top one till last, there is also a metal gasket between the EGR and inlet mani, mine was stuck to the engine, but be careful and try not to lose it.

7: The bolts should loosen off easily and you’ll have something like this, you can just see the black gasket, on the inlet mani
EGR Valve Free




8: There are the 2 top bolts here which connect to a loose bracket, underneath of the EGR. To be honest you can remove these first if you want, infact its probably easier, i think that there is a gasket under this between the EGR and the connection, anyway I’ve lost mine and all seems fine.

9: Your EGR Valve is now free but remember to disconnect the Sensor. You should have something like the below.
EGR Valve




10: As you can see mines pretty caked with soot, soak with Carb Cleaner and wrap a rag around the screwdriver to clean the inside, if i had the time, i would of left the EGR Valve to soak in Carb Cleaner over night.

Now all you need to do is fit the EGR back on to your car. a word of warning before you start your car.

Mine didn’t want to start the first time and it did idle roughly for a minute or so, which I’m putting down to loose soot and Carb Cleaner.

Teesside Karting Part 2

Saturday soon came around and before i knew it we where at Teeside Karting.

After the briefing we where all told to jump into karts, there was 5 of us and 10 other people. All the Karts where running or so i thought, i jumped into one and both engines had died, so i quickly jumped into another whilst others where leaving the pit lane. Sods law it only had one engine running with more people slowly leaving the pits i was getting a bit anxious, i manged to get a Marshall over to start the other engine, the thing is i had to wait what seemed a life time while he warmed it up.
I soon got out on track, there was people pussy footing around everywhere and i seemed to be over taking people left right and centre. as soon as i got on to the straight i was weaving around to try and get some heat into the tyres, qualifying soon ended.

When i went through the flag, i could see everyone else lining up awaiting to be put on to the grid. When i joined the queue, i noticed i was pretty much at the back. I was only stanionary for around 10 seconds before i was pointed at, i looked over to the grid and saw 2 karts on it, so i pointed at myself in disbelief and the guy nodded at me and of i went to the front row. Strange that my mate pallister was 4th and hutch 5th, james was around 9th as he was at leas 1 full row behind and jim was even further back.

When the flag went up i saw the 2nd place guy’s kart move forward, so i put my foot on the brake and built the revs up on the cart a bit, revving the bollocks out of them doesn’t always help. Of we shot into the first corner i was on the outside and managed to keep pallister at bay. i eventually let him past on the 2nd lap as i could clearly see that he was quicker than me. Within moments we where lapping the people at the back, over taking them in honest wasn’t that bad as they where so far back they where shit and you could just nip past them. it became more troublesome when your going from 10th upwards as they where all scrapping between them selves and you often find 2 to 3 karts together. I manged to get over take a few easily but some are more aware that your there, and i usually find that hiding behind them is the best option as they cant hear you and they can’t see you, and then just wait till you’ve had a nice tow from them slouch in the seat listen to the engine pick up and pull out.

This was my best karting experience has i had ultimate faith in the cart and had it planted round both big corners. The first one was awkward as i had to let the kart slide out but i knew that i could keep it pined through the little chicane.

Below is a copy of the final results. 81KM/H is 50MPH

Go Karting Results

Teesside Karting

Come Saturday morning I’ll be up at Teesside Karting with around 5 other mates taking part in an iron man event. Basically you get a 20 minute practise / qualify so your best lap places you on the grid, and then a 40 minute race.

I’ve been around here loads of times and usually its really good, apart from when i went around 1 year ago and it was an evening race and it was chucking it down. Having never raced in the wet i wasn’t sure what to expect.

As i left the pit lane my first thought was don’t go and bin it on the first corner, i pondered around for what seemed like 5 minutes and i was been over taken left right and centre. As i was busy thinking about this i managed to stick the Kart onto the grass about 15 meters out and the grass was wet & boggy and my feet where wet and sinking quick while trying to drag my cart out.

The flag soon dropped to signal end of qualifying, little did i expect to be at the back of the grid. When we started everyone shot off and i was left chugging along. After a few laps i went into the pit and said there was something wrong with my Kart as I kept spinning on corners. The Marshall told me i was running with my left foot on the brake all the time, i argued i wasn’t and went back out after binning it again badly, i thought i might just be going to slow, so i sped up and people still had more straight line speed than me. So off i trundle into the pit, oh you’ve got a flat rear tire mate, THANKS, i came in and said it wasn’t right in qualifying and you said i was running with my foot on the brake . After about 10 minutes i was back out in another kart and it was so different it handled well it went quick. i Reckon i only had around 10 minutes in this kart as it went so quick time wise, but when we finished i was pulling identical times to my other mates.

Lets hope for fine weather on Saturday when i go.

Cars That I Have Owned

First up was my S reg 1998 registered Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 full reg was S322 Sag. It was a Breeze trim so it had colour coded bumpers and a nice black interior. Since it was my first car i did love it but i soon released just how slow it was. It was fine for around town driving but if you needed to ever take anything or pull out on the motorway it just wouldn’t cut it. i paid around £300o for the corsa way back in 2003, and sold it about 1 year later for £1500.

The picture is poor but its the only one i have

My Old Vauxhall Corsa

My Old Vauxhall Corsa

My 2nd car has to be my favourite, it had a personality which was also the flaw for the car. i originally went looking for a Ford Escort RS Turbo but came home with a Fiesta RS Turbo.

A 1990 H989 GJO Fiesta RS Turbo, it had little in the way of creature comforts no ABS, PAS or Airbag but the recaro bucket seats where so comfortable.

A week or so after having it she started over heating on short runs this gradually got worse until decided to have no more and completely boiled over reversing into my drive.

£500 later a new head gasket and top end re build and we where on our way to Well Lane Turbo centre in batley. I had a few running issues with her, that in my inexperience i didnt see. On colder nights she would boost really strongly and it was great, until PSI was hitting 1bar around 13 psi and this would cause her to splut and cough and she’d be in limp mode. At Well Lane they turned the PSI down to a modest 8PSI and on the rolling road, she put out a healthly 149.8 BHP not bad for a near standard RS which should run around 133BHP.

Fuel started to become a drain on my money as i’d be lucky to get 200 miles out of a tank and already paying a high £1800 for Third party insurance my time was limited with my faithful RS.

To be honest she was a bit rough around the edges, but then i only paid £2100 so i didn’t expect a mint car. i think the garage was in the garage as much as it was out for various seals and gaskets blowing out and leaking, then one day came the dreaded news, the bottom end had started knocking, it did slowly get worse and i was told to only expect to get another 6 months out of it before it would need doing again. But been short on cash i decided to sell the Fiesta on.

I’d love to get another RS now as they have so much passion about them the smell of petrol when the turbo is whistling away always brighten my day up.

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

This is the Fiesta as i bought her, within days i had new tyres on the orginal Ford 3 spoke alloys and had those back and i replaced the manky looking fog light as well.

After i’d sold my RS i had a brief spell driving the work van, until i went a bit mad and when jap and bought a Toyota Starlet GT Turbo (i notice a trend here)

I bought the GT for about £2700 and sold it for £2000. I’d probably still have this car if i had more patience with it, since it was my fault for putting a daft exhaust on it which caused the turbo to smoke. it was only due to lack of back pressure that cause this and putting a washer between the backbox and exhaust tip apparently solved this.

Starlet GT Turbo New Exhaust

Starlet GT Turbo New Exhaust

I kept the starlet for just over a year before i decided to get rid of it. it was a 1993 k reg jap import and to be honest it wasn’t even close to the fiesta, although it did pull 149BHP on a rolling road. K910 DHN was the full registration and it went to the manchester arera.

Starlet GT Turbo

Starlet GT Turbo

I will say that the starlet was fun to drive but it just didnt feel as raw as the fiesta.

after the starlet i had another period of driving the work van around for probably around a year before i decided to buy a Ford Sport Ka SE.

Ok so some thought it was gay but i had my reasons for buying this, ka’s handle really well, so with the Sport having a wider front track it should technically be even better, ford have never made a bad hot hatch, it looked like it had been on steroids and i kind of liked the looks.

I bought the car a a present for my self on my 23rd birthday. i paid just just over £5000 for the KA Sport but it was the colour i wanted had a few optional extras as well like heated mirrors and a 6 cd player.

I soon put a K&N induction kit on as it sounded a bit hairdryery at higher revs, it sounded rather beefy with it new induction kit so i decided that it should be lowered, i found some eibach springs on ebay for £60 which lowered the car by 30mm. These springs also where a ford recommended option.

The Ka Sport was soon transformed and looked a lot better for been lowered. This car handled like a dream, i knew that where i pointed it it would go and i could really corner well without pushing myself or the car. the only thing it lacked was some extra power in my eyes another 20/30bhp would of suited, or even a 16v engine over the 8v that they opted for.

I only had 2 gripes with the Ka Front lower arms i had to have mine replaced and you had to get genuine ford ones, i once fell for a cheaper arm but ended paying more as it only lasted a few days before it failed. Tyres front ones only lasted about 4,000 miles. and they weren’t cheapo’s they where Toyo Proxi TR1’s.

Ford Sport Ka

Ford Sport Ka

I’m currently running around in a vauxhall corsavan which aids me to do my car valeting work around ripon harrogate and leeds areas