EGR Valve Question
Hey all – I’ve been lurking on this forum for a while without registering getting some great information from everyone. Unfortunately I have a problem that I haven’t been able to find an answer to on here yet. If anyone could help me out that would be great! Here is my tale:
My trusty Jetta TDI died on me last week during my 1.5 hour commute to work. Since then I’ve had it into one shop that wanted $3,000 to replace the “clogged” catalytic converter and now a dealership whose diagnoses is prompting this post. After hearing the price breakdown from the first shop I had it towed home so that I could confirm the diagnosis and do the replacement/alteration work myself. I removed the cat and hooked an air supply to one end only to find that it was not actually clogged at all (even though I didn’t need to do this because I knew it wasn’t the cat when the car still wouldn’t turn over after the cat was disconnected). Since the only diagnosis I had was the cat and the fuel filter in the engine compartment looked clean I decided to take it to the professionals at the dealership.
The diagnosis I received was that it was a seized turbo (exhaust port) and a failed solenoid in the EGR Valve. Luckily the I purchased the car with an extended warranty which is covering the complete replacement of the turbo. The bad news is being that the EGR Valve is a part of the exhaust system the warranty company kindly deferred all costs associated with it to me. The cost of the part I was quoted is $400 with $600 for installation, to me (based on some great “how-to’s” I’ve found online) I think the installation cost is extremely high. I am hoping to tap all of your knowledge on this and determine if I am getting hosed on this deal or if it is going to save me a lot of time and headache (for those of you with experience). I do work for a civil construction company so I could potentially have access to their shop and tools but based on what I’ve seen this seems like a driveway job to me.
TL;DR My Jetta TDI is in the shop being diagnosed with a failed EGR Valve solenoid, is $400 (part) & $600 (labor) a reasonable quote?
Thanks for any help, and sorry if this landed in the wrong place!