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Hey Guys....I need a little help. My 08 Xk put up a P1404 code last night. I brought it to the dealer this morning and they confirmed it's the EGR valve. They are quoting me a price of $663. They say the expense is due to the placement of the valve towards the rear of the engine. My xk is a 2008 4.7L Flexfuel Sport with 50,000 miles. I found the EGR valve on the Rock Auto website for $112. Can labor really be $550? WTF?

I also have the Certified Pre-Owned Warranty for 8yr/80,000mi. I spoke with the warranty folks earlier today and they said it was covered. Now I'm being told they misspoke and it's not covered. My case with the Chrysler warranty folks is now being taken up with a case manager. But unfortunately it's after 5pm on a Friday during the holidays so I'm gonna have to wait till the case manager calls next week before moving forward with this.

So the two questions are. Do you guys think this is covered under the Certified Pre-Owned Warranty?

If not, $663 a reasonable price for this type of work?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Steve
 

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shood,

If you have the Chrysler Added Care Plus, the EGR is not a covered component.

If you have the Chrysler Maximum Care, the EGR is a covered component listed under 'engine'

That labor is rather steep sounding.....looks like they want over 5.5 hours.
Give any independent shop a call and ask for a quote for install......be prepared though...supplying your own part is frowned upon so get a price including the part.

Good luck,
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Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it. I have a friend of a friend that owns a repair shop. He quoted me a price of $275 parts & labor. If Chrysler doesn't doesn't cover it, looks like he'll get my business. If it were my ol' '98 Explorer I'd do the job myself but I don't want to mess up the family truckster. Either way, I'll keep ya'll posted.

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If you have any mech experience this is an easy replacement. Your egr valve is located at the rear of the cylinder head, its a cylindrical looking thingy. You have disconnect the electrical lead (clip), remove a few bolts and metal gasket, thats it. Detailed instructions posted below
 

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As you can see, $663 is a ripoff for this job. It would be cheaper for you to buy the part, buy me an airline ticket, hotel night and have me do the replacement- just to put it in perspective.



 

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yanser,

Wow....that looks way easier than the dealership makes it out to be. I'm reasonably mechanical. I do my own oil changes, battery replacement, etc. I can do small stuff pretty easily. Your docs look pretty good. I'll just have to orient myself and identify the part. The bad thing is I wouldn't be able to get to it till next weekend. I know it's never a good thing to drive on bad parts and I need this vehicle as my wife and I both work. Would I damage any other parts by driving the xk with a bad egr valve for a week?
 

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imo, you will harm nothing over the short term.
If the check engine lamp flashes while driving it is another story.....it is trying to tell you to shut it down or catalytic converter damage, due to converter overheat, will potentally occur.
A steady light, such as yours, means the computer will be operating on a alternate program.....you may experience some power loss due to ignition timing being held back and your fuel mileage may drop......the computer is operating in 'get home' or 'limp' mode.

Should be OK for get to work duty unless work is a 100 mile road trip each way.

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Since there was confusion on the part of the Chrysler warranty folks they were gonna give me a $200 credit towards the $663 dealership repair. I thought it was a bit weak and after a little bit of negotiation they decided to cover the repair less my $100 deductible. :eusa_dance: It always pays to negotiate!!!
 

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Thanks for the info in here. I'm throwing the P0406 code in my 2006 and will replace the EGR this coming weekend.
 

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EGR valve bad after dealer service work.

On a related topic. I had my 2006 5.7 L Hemi (85,000 miles)in for some regularly scheduled maintenance this weekend. I had a Fuel Injection Service performed (Clean Fuel Injection System) as well as 4x4 Service (Axle, Gear, Transfercase) and finally an oil change / tire rotation.

When I left the dealership my check engine light came on. I returned and they determined via computer diagnostic that the EGR valve needed replacement.

I'm skeptical of the coincidence that after the work performed on my car, something that wasn't previously an issue is now an issue. I don't beleive the dealer did anything intentionally, just that perhaps they accidentally triggered this reading from the EGR.

Based on the services performed and the make-up of the EGR valve assembly, is there anything they could have accidentally done to cause this reading and/or cause the EGR valve malfunction?

Thanks.
 
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