Yeah the Autozone tools just read codes they do not have bi-directional controls.
For that you need a better tool.
The control side is ground switched through the ECM, so having power to the pieces is good but you need to test the ECM's ability to control the EGR's position and verify that it is actually working. For that you need a better scan tool that can control it.
Here is a mechanical way to verify the EGR is operational:
Disconnect the rubber back-pressure hose from the fitting at the bottom of EGR valve.
Connect a hand-held vacuum pump to this fitting.
Apply ten inches of vacuum to this fitting.
If vacuum falls off, the valve diaphragm is leaking.
Replace the Complete EGR valve assembly. Proceed to next step for further testing
Reconnect hose to EGR valve.
Remove the vacuum supply hose at the vacuum inlet fitting on the EGR solenoid.
Connect a vacuum gauge to this disconnected vacuum line.
Start the engine and bring to operating temperature. Hold engine speed at approximately 1500 rpm.
Check for steady engine vacuum full-manifold. At this hose.
If engine vacuum full-manifold. Is not present, check vacuum line to engine and repair as necessary before proceeding to next step.
Reconnect the rubber hose to the vacuum inlet fitting on the EGR valve.
Disconnect the rubber hose at the vacuum outlet fitting on the EGR valve.
Connect a vacuum gauge to this fitting.
Disconnect the electrical connector at the valve control. This will simulate an open circuit no ground from the PCM. At the valve, activating the valve. A DTC will be set in the PCM that must be erased after testing is complete.
Start the engine and bring to operating temperature.
Hold the engine speed to approximately 2000 rpm while checking for engine vacuum (full-manifold) at this fitting. To allow full manifold vacuum to flow through the valve, exhaust back-pressure must be present at valve. It must be high enough to hold the bleed valve in the transducer portion of the valve closed. Have a helper momentarily a second or two. Hold a rag over the tailpipe opening to build some exhaust back-pressure while observing the vacuum gauge. Heavy gloves should be worn. Do not cover the tailpipe opening for an extended period of time as damage to components or overheating may result.
As temporary back-pressure is built, full manifold vacuum should be observed at the vacuum outlet fitting. Without back-pressure, and engine at approximately 2000 rpm, the gauge reading will be low. This low reading is normal. At idle speed, the gauge reading may be erratic. This is also normal.
If full manifold vacuum is not present at the outlet fitting, but was present at the inlet fitting, replace the valve.
Thursday, August 24th, 2017 AT 11:04 AM