EGR valve- How does the EGR valve work? What is an EGR Valve for?

EGR valve

EGR valve

Our drivers still believe that the EGR valve is completely unnecessary and will only respond to its malfunction when major engine damage occurs. However, things are much more complicated.

The modern gasoline and diesel engines EGR valves are used for precise control of the combustion of the mixture, in order to increase economy and reduce the amount of nitrogen oxides and carbon.
The EGR valve serves to introduce a smaller or larger amount of exhaust gas into the mixture of fresh air and fuel, which regulates combustion.

Things are very simple. Too much oxygen creates a warm flame and quick combustion of the mixture. As a reaction to the increase in temperature in the combustion chamber, an unwanted chemical reaction occurs between oxygen and nitrogen from the intake air, which in turn creates toxic nitrogen oxides.

EGR valves

As a consequence, in addition to the increased environmental pollution, due to the iteration with nitrogen, the engine mixture itself is left with less oxygen for combustion of fuel, thus reducing power, increasing the level of carbon-hydrogen.

When you add an adequate amount of oxygen-free exhaust gas to the superheated mixture, the combustion temperature is lowered and the engine operating parameters returned to normal.
For gasoline engines, the EGR valve reduces the possibility of self-ignition.

As a direct consequence, it is possible to use a higher compression ratio and a different ignition time to produce a more resilient engine. Code diesel engine, the detonation noise is significantly reduced when working on the back.
The EGR valve does the opposite for gasoline and diesel.

EGR valves

EGR valve

With diesel, it is completely open when working at a minimum and can provide up to 50 percent of the presence of combustion gases in the combustion chamber. As the power and speed increase, it closes completely. For a change, in petrol engines, the EGR valve is completely closed at idle and opens slowly with increasing power. However, the maximum share of exhaust gases is only five to ten percent.

The EGR valve is subject to failure due to clogging, primarily due to the deposition of soot particles. The valve may remain fully open, fully closed, or may have a slow response. If it is stuck in the open position, it will cause poor idle work on petrol, and on diesel it will cause a decrease in power and black smoke from the exhaust. If the EGR valve remains closed, it will cause excessive thumping in diesel engines and increased fuel consumption in gasoline engines.EGR valves

Common causes of EGR valve malfunctions:

• Frequent short-distance driving
• Engine oil level too high
• Worn valve guides
• Malfunction in the oil sump system
• Defective turbocharger
• irregular oil and filter replacement
• use of oil of inadequate quality
• Worn out engine (piston-cylinder assembly)

If the return pressure in the exhaust system is too high, the EGR valve can open on its own at higher loads with the diesel engine. As a result, the diaphragm will burn and the valve will be destroyed. A recognizable sign of this error is a change in color on the valve body (flood)

Possible driver complaints:

• idling is not correct
• tremors
• insufficient power
• Exhaust gases enter the engine compartment
• engine returns to emergency mode (safe mode)

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  • Nermin says:

    hi, i own a 2008 Ford Transit van, a 2.2 diesel with 81kW, and I wonder if anyone is more in-depth with egr valve issues. Namely, when it is very cold or even cold (with less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit), the engine shakes in the back and, it seems to me, has a slight tendency to shut itself down, and the yellow indicator on the control panel is constantly lit. Car mechanics have told me that it is an egr valve and needs to be changed, but many professional drivers tell me that the side effect of a bad egr valve would be low traction, as in the text above and it says, but the van, for my taste, has excellent acceleration and no traction issues (eg loaded one ton back in fourth gear with no problem uphill to 90 km / h). so I wonder if there may have been less clogging, more blocking, or some electronic error? if anyone has similar experiences i would beg to write, thanks in advance.

  • Zdenko says:

    Look at your choke. With newer cars it is electronic, or your sensor tells you that it is cold and needs to be switched on at startup. I even believe it happens that even if the van stands for two days, the situation remains the same at 20 degrees.

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