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Check Engine Light Due to Restricted EGR System on Toyota 4Runner

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is also wise to verify the EGR system components i.e. the Transducer, EGR Valve and VSV Solenoid at this time.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 192,111 (100,000–360,000)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002
34 people reported this problem
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check engine light on...mechanic says i need a new EGR vacuum solenoid or modulator. light came on after running redline fuel system cleaner
I started the car drove 2 mils before getting on freeway. About 1 mile into accelerating to proper speed check engine light comes on. I have had my timing belt replaced recently.