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EGR Valve Location

Dan Ferrell writes about do-it-yourself car maintenance and repair. He has certifications in automation and control technology.

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The EGR valve location doesn't change much from vehicle to vehicle:

  • Look for the valve towards the top and to one side of the engine.
  • Look closely around the intake or exhaust manifolds.
  • Search for it around the throttle body

Most valves are found on the driver's side of the engine and may be hiding underneath another component and not be readily visible.

Often, you'll find the EGR valve between the exhaust and intake manifolds, close to the engine.

Often, you'll find the EGR valve between the exhaust and intake manifolds, close to the engine.

All the same, you may not know what the EGR valve for your specific vehicle model looks like in the first place. The picture above shows a common, vacuum-operated EGR valve, and its general location. Notice the vacuum line on top of the valve. Besides a vacuum line, an EGR valve may connect the exhaust and intake manifolds through a pipe as in the picture below.

Some EGR valves use a pipe to connect to the manifolds.

Some EGR valves use a pipe to connect to the manifolds.

Still, many modern vehicles use the electronic type EGR valve like the one shown below. They do not have a vacuum line connected on top, but an electrical connector, similar to the one shown below.

Car manufacturers have used varied configurations for their EGR valves and may differ somehow from the traditional ones. You may be looking for a hybrid type that uses vacuum and electronic controls.

The emissions control decal on your vehicle may help you locate the EGR valve as well.

The emissions control decal on your vehicle may help you locate the EGR valve as well.

Contents

1. Using a Decal to Locate the EGR Valve

Video: How to Find the EGR Valve

2. Getting Help From Auto Parts Suppliers

2.1 Search Online

2.2 Visiting Your Local Auto Parts Store

3. Consulting a Vehicle Repair Manual

EGR Valve Resrources

1. Using a Decal to Locate the EGR Valve

Many vehicle models provide a decal at the front of the engine bay for the emissions control system. The decal shown on the image above is a route map of the vacuum hoses and the components they connect to on this particular engine.

If you look closely, the decal shows the EGR valve vacuum hose leading to a Tee connector, which in turn connects a vacuum line to a solenoid and another line leading to a main vacuum on the intake manifold.

If your vehicle has one of this decals, it might help you locate your EGR valve. Follow the vacuum hoses from the intake manifold to the other end until you find the components that connect to it. Check the connected components to the ones in the diagram until you find the one that connects to the EGR valve.

The following video gives you some important visual clues you may use to find the EGR valve in your vehicle.

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How to Find the EGR Valve

2. Getting Help From Auto Parts Suppliers

Not all vehicles come with this decal, or the decal is long gone. Still, you can find some help from auto parts stores online or your local store.

Search online for auto part websites.

Search online for auto part websites.

2.1 Search Online

Search online for EGR valve using a search engine; visit one or more of the auto parts stores listed in the results page.

Some of this online stores will show you a picture of the part you are looking for in your vehicle, once you provide the specific make, model, year, and engine size.

2.2 Visiting Your Local Auto Parts Store

Another excellent help may come from your local auto parts store. You'll need to provide the clerk with the make, model, year, and engine size of your vehicle. If you don't have all this information with you, you can use the VIN (vehicle identification number) of your vehicle as well.

The VIN plate is located on the dashboard, where it meets the windshield, on the lower-left corner (driver's side). You can also find the VIN on the registration card of your vehicle.

Once you provide this information, the auto parts store clerk may show you a picture of the EGR valve or pull an actual valve from the shelf.

Just ask the parts clerk whether you are looking at an OEM (original part) or an updated version, which may not look exactly like the one installed in your car if it still has the original one installed. The clerk may even produce a diagram on the computer that shows you where this valve is located in your vehicle.

An auto repair manual can also help you locate the EGR valve in your vehicle.

An auto repair manual can also help you locate the EGR valve in your vehicle.

3. Consulting a Vehicle Repair Manual

Vehicle repair manuals are an excellent source of information. Most often, they will show you a picture of the EGR valve and where it is located.

Consider getting the repair manual for your vehicle. EGR valves require attention from time to time. For example, you may need to decarbonize passages inside or underneath the valve, troubleshoot, or replace it.

You will find the correct procedure for any of these tasks in the repair manual for your vehicle, so you can do it at home.

Even more, the manual provides photos, images, and procedures for many maintenance, diagnostic, troubleshooting, and parts replacement jobs you may be able to do at home. So you will recoup your small investment in a short period of time.

If you don't have this manual yet, you can find a relatively inexpensive Haynes repair manuals through Amazon.

If you need to clean, replace, or test your EGR valve; check for symptoms, or troubleshoot a related sensor, the Resources section at the end of this post provides links to other posts that will help you service the valve in your vehicle.

EGR Valve Resrources

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Dan Ferrell

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