EGR Deletes Pros & Cons

"Pros and Cons of an EGR Valve Delete: Should You Remove It?"

In this article, we'll dive into the topic of EGR valve delete. Is removing this component a viable option? What are the pros and cons of EGR deletes.

We address common questions such as what the EGR valve is, its function, and how it affects performance.

With a focus on the pros and cons of EGR valve delete, my aim here is to provide unbiased valuable insights on this hotly debated topic. Join me as I expose the benefits, drawbacks, and potential performance gains associated with EGR valve delete.

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Understanding the EGR Valve: What is it and How Does it Work?

So what is the role of the EGR valve (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) and how does it work reducing harmful emissions.

By recirculating warm exhaust gases into the intake, the EGR valve helps lower nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions this also reduces combustion temperatures and causes the engine to burn less fuel.

The oxygen charge is reduced as some exhaust gases are filling the intake stream. You might even think of this as choking the engine and reducing it's ability to burn fuel.

While this sounds bad, it actually makes the engine more efficient, much like reducing the cylinder capacity and improves the fuel economy.

Does this affect performance, surely at high throttle settings you want as much oxygen as possible going into the engine?

We should note that most EGR systems primarily operate only at light throttle and during engine warm-up, allowing maximum performance under wide-open throttle conditions so the impact on performance is negligible.

Common Issues with EGR Valves: Clogging and Performance Impact

One of the significant concerns associated with EGR valves is their tendency to clog up with soot over time.

This can cause poor running, starting issues, long warm up times and worsening fuel economy.

If the engine is burning rich or has a problem this soot build up will accelerate, and this can also happen if you have poor quality fuel. Keeping those injectors clean and using the CORRECT OCTANE/CETANE rating of fuel are keys to avoiding this problem.

This build-up affects performance eventually preventing the EGR from opening at all or in some cases jamming open. Then you might see warning lights on the dashboard or diagnostic check error codes.

EGR Delete: Pros, Cons, and Legal Considerations

Next, we delve into the pros and cons of EGR valve delete. While deleting the EGR valve can restore lost performance (primarily at low throttle and cold start conditions) and prevent related issues, it's essential to consider the legal implications.

In many regions, an EGR delete can render a car non-compliant with emissions standards, potentially leading to citations or fines.

So for many the EGR delete is a stage 3 off road mod.

In reality as the EGR is only operational under certain low load and warm up conditions it is not usually specifically tested for, although in many areas inspectors will look for obvious modifications or adjustments to the emissions systems.

Exploring EGR Delete Kits: Options and Considerations

There are various kits available in the market with some offering a crude software only delete or simple blanking plate to complete exhaust replacements taking out all aspects of the EGR completely.

Do research this as different models will experience different results and some modern engines are so complex that removal of the EGR can be quite costly. Certainly buy a high-quality kit specifically designed for your engine rather than using generic blanking parts or just unplugging the EGR control circuit.

Additionally, I must stress the need for software adjustments to ensure the engine computer does not flag errors or impact performance negatively. If the ECU is requesting EGR to be open and it is not it can lead to fuelling issues.

EGR Valves and Engine Design

Why have manufacturers incorporated EGR systems in their engine designs when it seems so troublesome?

While EGR valves may pose challenges with soot build-up, they can significantly improve fuel economy and emission standards.

A manufacturer aims to balance performance and efficiency and the EGR allows a controllable way to reduce engine emissions and improve fuel economy whilst shutting off when the engine needs to use its full power output capabilities.

EGR Valve Delete and Carbon Build up

Note that removing the EGR valve alone does not entirely eliminate carbon build up on intake valves.

It is generally down to the crankcase ventilation (PCV) dumping oil vapour into the intake and providing a surface for the sooty carbon deposits to build up on.

However, we acknowledge that EGR delete can help reduce carbon build up to some extent - anything that prevents carbon particles entering the engine has to be a good thing.

Some modern designs push the exhaust gases through a particulate filter before they are captured and recirculated by the EGR into the intake. This setup really does minimize the potential for carbon build up inside the EGR system.

While EGR valves can become problematic, they are primarily there to improve economy and emissions without negatively impacting performance.

The newer your engine the better the EGR design will be and the less trouble and problems you'll have from it.

See our video discussing typical symptoms from a faulty EGR.

If you expect a power or economy gain from EGR removal or EGR delete then you will be disappointed. However if you are experience problems from a clogged EGR and it is legal in your region to remove it then this is generally considered the cheapest fix.

It's crucial to weigh the benefits and drawbacks carefully before deciding on EGR valve delete. In most cases and EGR clean will restore lost economy, improve emissions and keep your engine running efficiently.

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