Cleaning EGR

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Cleaning EGR

Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:58 pm

My F25 had 2 stored codes, both EGR-related. The car is about to click-over 87k miles and I've owned it for the last 15k. I'm the third owner. So;- no AUC cover and I took the risk not to buy an aftermarket warranty. I'm not bleating about that, I knew exactly what I could be potentially be letting myself in for. That isn't for debate here, I've just included it for context. The first day I had the car, I noticed the "NO ADDITIVES" script on the fuel filler cap - so I didn't carry-over my regular use of Millers from my previous E46 330d, although several times recently I have been tempted to start that again. I never use anything other than premium-brand fuel - mostly Esso, sometimes Shell.

My question here is:- Even if putting a bottle of proprietary EGR/VGT cleaner in a tank of diesel doesn't clean the EGR/stop it throwing errors, will it really do the engine harm?

......... And the reason for the question is that I will always take the line of least resistance. An additive is less bother than taking the EGR off and cleaning it out with an aerosol - and cheaper than buying a new valve (either or both of which I realise I will have to resort to sooner rather than later). Which brings another question. Does a replacement EGR on an N57 have to be coded-in?

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Re: Cleaning EGR

Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:19 pm

I use BMWs own Diesel additive that can still be used with no issues regardless of the sign on the filler cap. To be honest with the amount used - 100ml per 50 litres - it isn’t going to make that much difference overall anyway.

Part number: 83 19 2 296 922

I use it on all of three of mine.

Can be got from Cotswolds via the bay for about £10. Never thrown up any errors and is fine for all models (just checked on Realoem)

The petrol equivalent is 83 192 183 738 should anyone care :)
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Re: Cleaning EGR

Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:19 am

I use Millar's diesel additive on my x5 e70 sd without issue.
You are going to have to take the egr off though as it will be gummed up badly I suspect and nothing you put in the tank will shift that.
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Re: Cleaning EGR

Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:00 am

Leslie wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:19 am
You are going to have to take the egr off though as it will be gummed up badly
I suspect you're right, but as said - line of least resistance first.

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Re: Cleaning EGR

Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:00 am

StuBeeDoo wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:58 pm
...................I take the line of least resistance................
After some cleaner in the tank, and a couple of blasts on the A1, if I get any more errors I'm going to get Diesel Doctor to do a Terraclean.

Even if I don't get the errors, I will definitely get the Terraclean before our European roadtrip in July. By then the car will have over 90k miles behind it.
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Re: Cleaning EGR

Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:35 pm

Today I added a bottle of Forte Diesel Turbo Cleaner to about 1/3 tank of Esso fuel. Then I drove for about half an hour on the A19 using no higher than 6th gear (2500rpm/70mph) before filling the tank with more Esso.

Starting with the next fill I'll be using Millers Diesel Power EcoMax.
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