01' CV base model has 110K and the above check engine light error code. A/zone identifies it as either an EGR valve (orig still on vehicle), EGR position sensor (replaced in 08') or an EGR solenoid (original). I bought a Borg-Warner valve this a.m., what are the chances it's the valve and not the sensor (or solenoid??)? My place wants $90 to narrow it down, hell I can replace most of the parts for that!!
On a seperate note, when I attach the gasket to the EGR valve do I permatex it to the 1. valve 2. the block 3. both 4. not at all don't need it?
I plan on using the non-hardening permatex gasket sealer...but never really knew which side(s) to seal?? Thanks in advance!
Welcome to the wonderful world of diagnostic troubleshooting. You are going to need to do some troubleshooting here, although I may be a bit late on posting because apparently you have already bought the valve.
First off, please realize that while you may be getting this code, it does NOT necessarily mean that you are not getting EGR flow due to a faulty valve but rather the PCM is not detecting any. This may point to a bad DPFE(Delta/Differential Pressure Feedback Exhaust) sensor which is quite common and the most probable cause and usually fails a lot more than the EGR valve does.
The EGR valve itself may need to simply be cleaned out. They commonly build up with carbon.
Check to see if the EGR valve opens using a vacuum pump, with the engine running pull a vacuum on the EGR valve, the engine will stumble or die if the valve opens. Also check to see if the EGR valve holds vacuum. Check the EGR tube assembly for cracks and blockages.
Next check the DPFE sensor pressure pipes for splits and blockages and check the EGR tube assembly for cracks and blockages.
You will need to back probe the DPFE connector (or use a breakout box or scan tool) with the Key On Engine Off (KOEO) and check for output voltages while pulling a vacuum on the pressure pipes.
You may find it easier to check everything else and by a process of elimination condemn the DPFE sensor as a "best guess"
The one thing I do NOT know is exactly what those voltage readings should be, but if it makes you feel better, I am really leaning towards that DPFE sensor as being the culprit especially if you pull vacuum on the EGR valve and it responds properly.