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Hi, i'm seriouslycontemplating removing the swirl flaps from my intake this weekend after reading the horrors on various forums.
Whilst doing this , i intend to clean the EGR. Can anyone tell me what sort of a job this is., will it become self evident once manifold etc s off. Have the TIS Manual but there seems verylittle mention of the EGR.
What should i use to clean it.
Best method and chemicals appreciated.
Many thanks guys.:confused
 

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Hi, I removed my swirl flaps and cleaned my EGR valve a few weeks ago http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/f18/2003-e46-320d-swirl-flaps-t8483/

There are loads of forums with guides of how to remove them. I searched on google and found a few guides (some were confusing) then I decided to just have a go. I found it quite easy to do just very time consuming. I'm glad I did it because one of mine was loose.

I also cleaned out the EGR valve. This is at the front of the manifold, you have to remove a large rummer pipe at the front held on by a jubilee clip, a metal pipe on the left which has like a jubilee clip type joining bracket holding it in place then a small rubber pipe to the right, (the small rubber one would not come off on mine so I had to cut it and scrape it off the EGR valve with a knife). Once these have been removed there are 4 bolts holding it on to the manifold then it will come straight off. Mine was not to bad but I cleaned it with wonder wipes (http://www.sitebox.ltd.uk/proddetail-70037-everbuild-wonder-wipes-100-wipes.html) and wd40. That seemed to do the trick for me but mine was not too dirty.

While you have the car in bits its a good idea to replace the breather filter with the replacement part from BMW. The old type can get clogged and can cause turbo failure. It cost me about £42 from my local BMW dealer. The breather filter is part no. 11 on the following link:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=AS72&mospid=47635&btnr=11_3312&hg=11&fg=15&hl=17

Hope this info helps! :)
 

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Thanks mickb1982. Have got the breather from BMW Dealer, new improved Vortex type. Have also bought 4 aluminium blanking plugs from PMW in Chelmsford. Thought about using screws/bolts etc when flaps are removed, but decided to go the whole hog and go for a properly engineered solution. Bit more expensive i know, but as i'm doing the job myself this weekend, i'll feel it's a proper job.
Thanks for the advice
Cheers

Steve
 

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what are swirl flaps again?
i did an EGR bypass as soon as i got my car. it made it more pokey at low revs, and i've had two MOT's since then.
 

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twincam1450, does pmw have a website? and if you don't mind me asking how much did you pay for the ally blanking plugs? i had a replacment engine fitted to my bm from the dreaded swirlflap failure, i dont know if mine will have the updated flaps or not, but might just get rid incase, but i want mine to look as factory as poss
 

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what are swirl flaps again?
i did an EGR bypass as soon as i got my car. it made it more pokey at low revs, and i've had two MOT's since then.
You have a 136bhp e46 so NO swirl flaps :thumbsup

twincam1450, does pmw have a website? and if you don't mind me asking how much did you pay for the ally blanking plugs? i had a replacment engine fitted to my bm from the dreaded swirlflap failure, i dont know if mine will have the updated flaps or not, but might just get rid incase, but i want mine to look as factory as poss
They do have a website but no reference of the blanking plugs http://www.pmwltd.co.uk/?page_id=10, IIRC they are around the £90 mark
 
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