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I'm sorry about your situation and we certainly can understand the financial situation as well. That is why we are here to help people get there rides fixed and keep them running with the info. We have.
The EGR Valve CAN cause these symptoms, BUT that does not mean the EGR Valve itself is defective. EGR Valves often build up carbon deposits, blocking airway which cause the engine light to be illuminated. There are simple ways to clean the EGR Valve without having to buy a new one. It may also be blocked passages that lead into the EGR valve itself, that need cleaning as well. Some models, especially FORD models, have a problem with the DPFE (Differential Pressure Feedback EGR) becoming clogged or faulty. This is something to talk to your mechanic about when you go to replace the EGR Valve. Before buying and replacing other parts, try having your mechanic cleaning the hoses that are connected to the EGR system. Be sure once the EGR Valve has been replaced, to delete the check engine code (mechanic should do this upon finishing job) to see if it reappears with the same code within a few days.
Hope this helped. Please post your results so we can better help others with similar issues.
Oh, one last thing. This is not anything major that will harm your engine in the long run. For now, it will idle and run poorly until sensor or other faulty component is fixed. It will not damage any internal parts or other parts for that matter, so you shouldn't worry about that.
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008 AT 3:29 PM