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Old 03-10-2016, 07:21 AM   #1
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Question Cracked EGR Valve...Safe to drive home?

Our check engine light came on our 06 Coachman on our trip to Port Richey....( Which we LOVE !!!) Went to Cummins in Tampa.. Cracked tube on EGR ...Did NOT want to camp out there for DAYS....so we returned to camp & will leave April 4th. Back to New York.....Question is...is it safe to drive home ?

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Old 03-10-2016, 07:28 AM   #2
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"Cracked EGR"==is it leaking exhaust gas out or coolant in? Think you will need to get it fixed before going home. Hard to say what happens if crack expands/spreads.....

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Old 03-10-2016, 07:36 AM   #3
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It really depends.
You need to see the crack and decide.

An exhaust leak is not going to damage your engine, and i am sure the crack has been there for a while before the light came on.

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Old 03-10-2016, 11:31 AM   #4
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Mine was giving intermittent trouble codes that cleared. Got to the point it that it stuck open. Affected the turbo and lost the ability to have that boost going up hills. I would get it fixed - it could deteriorate on the way home resulting in power loss a long way from a capable service center.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:28 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Home Safe & Sound & "Freezing"!!

Many thanks for the advise on our cracked valve....We ordered parts ourselves...& found a local garage who works on diesel engines. Had us fixed & on our way home 3 hours after checking out of our RV park !! No more check engine light !! Had the BEST time for "Newbys" , going back sooner this Fall & staying LONGER next Spring Beach Life Rocks !!!
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Glad you got it repaired. Here is a littler egr cooler story for you. Last year my Dad was following us to Oregon from southern, ca when the head gasket on his 08 Fleetwood excursion Cummins ISC failed, blew the radiator cap off the coolant recovery tank along with a large amount of coolant (on my windshield). We refilled the coolant. He limped it to freighliner in Redding, ca. They began diagnosing the problem and replaced the fan. The problem was still present. They discovered the bad egr cooler after 4 days of diagnosis. He ended up flying home and dealt with Freighliner over the phone. They talked him into rebuilding the engine at a cost of $24,000, stating the piston liners were "pitted". The coach had 35,000 miles at the time. He got the coach back 35 days later. Drove it 400 miles and it overheated again. This time the new clutch fan freightliner installed fell off and damaged the radiator and had to be towed to Freightliner in Bakersfield, ca. It was repaired again with a new radiator, fan and tight bolts. All has been well since. I guess the moral of the story for me is I wouldn't drive it very far with a damaged egr cooler. Glad it worked out good for you and you found a competent shop.

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