in my driveway. Got the new EGR valve gasket from the new O'Reilly's parts store that just opened up nearby, considering I ordered it on a Sunday I'd say that's pretty good service.
Got the valve assembly off, lots of fun detaching the metal accordion type tube that runs into the base of it, PB Blaster, some other Liquid Wrench type stuff, and some tapping with a small hammer and a 12" Crescent wrench forced it to yield.
The valve assembly was filthy, the part that actually goes into the manifold was pretty much completely clogged with carbon. I blew air thru it, wiped it down, scraped and scratched as much out as I could. While I had it all apart I cleaned up the various bolts and brackets on the wire wheel attachment, am I the only person who bothers doing that sort of stuff? I cleaned off the bolt heads and got the rust off the bracket that holds the tube in place, it may not work but by god it looks a helluva lot better!
New gasket, a little bit of high temp sealant, some anti-seize on all the threads and it all went back together like clockwork. Started it up, the idle seems a lot smoother but the hesitation upon acceleration is still there. Hopefully I got it clean enough to pass the smog test. I'm thinking a can of Seafoam run thru the manifold, some premium gas and some octane booster or a can of that "guaranteed to pass" stuff, at this point I don't have a lot to lose.
So it goes...