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How to Replace an EGR Valve in a 2002 Ford Focus

Updated February 21, 2017

The engine intake system within your Ford Focus relies heavily on the exhaust gas recirculation valve, commonly called the EGR valve. The valve is crucial to your intake system, as it directs exhaust into the intake manifold, which is where the exhaust is cooled, preventing your vehicle from overheating. The valve can become clogged over time, making it defective. If that happens, the EGR valve should be replaced immediately. Replacing the EGR valve in a 2002 Ford Focus takes just a few steps, and a replacement valve can be purchased at any local auto parts store.

Allow the Ford Focus engine to cool down. This will give the components within the vehicle ample time to cool, preventing burns.

Open the bonnet of the Focus. Notice the EGR valve, which is a circular valve located on the engine intake manifold. It is secured in place by bolts. Refer to the Ford Focus manual for a diagram, if needed.

Use a socket wrench and remove the bolts holding the EGR valve in place. Lift the valve off the manifold. Use carburettor cleaner and clean the valve mount where the old EGR valve sat. Wipe the area clean with a rag.

Install the new valve by placing it onto the valve mount on the engine intake manifold. Place each bolt in place and tighten using the wrench. Close the bonnet of the Focus.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket wrench
  • Carburettor cleaner
  • Clean rag
  • Replacement EGR valve
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Johnathan Cronk is a freelance writer and began writing at the age of 18. Throughout his career he has specialized in sports, how-to and advice articles. He has also written sales pitches in the corporate setting since 2001. He studied business at Hudson Valley Community College before transferring to the State University of New York, Albany.