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Old 03-07-2003, 01:15 PM
suginami suginami is offline
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Yes, I would disconnect the tube both at the EGR valve and at the intake manifold. As Stevebfl has stated, the build-up is always at the opening of the intake manifold.

I cleaned mine out and replaced the egr valve. There was a TSB regarding the old valves sticking, and the part # changed.

My CE light still came on, so I actually replaced the metal tube.

Donnie (Benzmac) has also posted that he no longer reams these pipes out. It takes too much time, I guess, and it is more cost effective to just replace the tube.

BTW, I've always wondered where all that carbon goes if the pipe isn't removed. I guess it just gets sucked into the intake manifold...
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