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Old 02-19-2011, 08:16 AM
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Question EGR Valve cleaning

OK. I followed the posted directions for cleaning the EGR valve.
No real big problems. I had to get imaginative to get it free from the base.

My real question is should I be sweating like a sinner in church since there was black sludge on the upper half of the valve?
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:22 AM
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i am no expert but i believe the rule is that if its wet sludge its your cooler . did you look down inside the hole to see if there is any coolant or moisture ?
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:36 AM
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i am no expert but i believe the rule is that if its wet sludge its your cooler . did you look down inside the hole to see if there is any coolant or moisture ?
I did look in there.
The bottom half seemed like black carbon (dry)


I could see some sludge in the open space of the upper half.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:08 AM
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egr moisture .

looks like some moisture in there and thats no good . as far as i know its suppose to be nice dry soot lookin stuff . you may be in the market for EGR DELETE KIT . i am no expert so do some research and make sure . there is a ton of info on this issue with our trucks . hope this helps .
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:14 AM
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Thanks rdodger. That's what I was afraid of.
I have been doing a lot of reading lately and that is what is causing me concern.
The good news is that i haven't encountered any smoking or coolant level fluctuations as of yet. (Crossing my fingers)
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:22 AM
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Looks like I have symptom #3

http://www.ntshoptools.com/video/Sym...20Cooler-2.wmv
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i did the removal cleaning thing in the summer and noticed the same thing . i just cleaned it and shoved it back in . now i am almost positive that my cooler is toast and probably my oil cooler as well . if you are gonna do the egr cooler make sure you do the oil cooler while your in there . sooner is always better than later cuz it can cause headgasket issues if you let it go to long .

check out ebay for a delete kit or egr cooler upgrade . bulletproof diesel is the place to go if you've got the cash .
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:26 AM
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Yeah, been looking at:
BPD EGR Cooler
BPD Oil Cooler (Bumper mount)
Coolant Flush and switch to ELC

This is probably a good start but I just don't have the time or $2500-$4500 to spend either.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:32 AM
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ya thats a great start . that crappy gold coolant is the cause of all our headaches so getting it out is a must . i too am ready for that one .
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:56 PM
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Here is a funny video of these guy's trouble removing the EGR valve. (adult language is exercised at the frustration of not having the right tools) listen at your discretion.
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