Check Engine Light on Due to Clogged EGR Passage in Intake Manifold on Mercury Cougar

The Check Engine Light can illuminate with codes due to the lack of EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) flow caused by the intake manifold passage plugging up with carbon and oil. The EGR valve has to be removed and the passage cleaned thoroughly. Partial restriction of this passage can cause Smog test failures for the NOx emissions without causing a drivability symptom.

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Average mileage: 154,297 (122,338–185,000)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: 2.5L V6
5 model years affected: 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
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problem details
2001 Mercury Cougar 154,000 mi,
Insufficient EGR flow upon diagnostics.
Not enough flow in EGR
EGR Valve Blown/hole in the valve
the egr valve needs replaced