Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Early Fuel Evaporation (EFE) System

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OPERATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the vacuum servo-type EFE system



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Fig. Fig. 2 EFE system component mounting-V6 engine shown



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Fig. Fig. 3 The electric EFE heater plate is located under the carburetor

Two types of EFE have been used on the engines covered in this guide. Both provide quick heat to the induction system, which helps evaporate fuel (reducing emissions) when the engine is cold and aids cold driveability. The Vacuum Servo EFE system uses a valve between the exhaust manifold and exhaust pipe, operated by vacuum and controlled by either a thermal vacuum valve or electric solenoid. The valve causes hot exhaust gas to enter the intake manifold heat riser passages, heating the incoming fuel mixture. The Heated-type EFE uses a ceramic heater plate located under the carburetor, controlled through the ECM. The vacuum-type EFE should be checked for proper operation at every tune-up.

On 1981 and later V6 engines, the EFE system is controlled by the ECM.

To check the valve:

  1. Locate the EFE valve on the exhaust manifold and note the position of the actuator arm. On some cars, the valve and arm are covered by a two-piece cover which must be removed for access. Make sure the engine is overnight cold.
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  3. Watch the actuator arm when the engine is started. The valve should close when the engine is started cold; the actuator link will be pulled into the diaphragm housing.
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  5. If the valve does not close, stop the engine. Remove the hose from the EFE valve and apply 10 in. of vacuum by hand pump. The valve should close and stay closed for at least 20 seconds (you will hear it close). If the valve opens in less than 20 seconds, replace it. The valve could also be seized if it does not close; lubricate it with spray-type manifold heat valve lube. If the valve does not close when vacuum is applied and when it is lubricated, replace the valve.
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  7. If the valve closes, the problem is not with the valve. Check for loose, cracked, pinched or plugged hoses, and replace as necessary. Test the EFE solenoid (located on the valve cover bracket); if it is working, the solenoid plunger will emit a noise when the current is applied.
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  9. Warm up the engine to operating temperature.
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  11. Watch the EFE valve to see if it has opened. It should now be open. If the valve is still closed, replace the solenoid if faulty, and/or check the engine thermostat-the engine coolant may not be reaching normal operating temperature.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



EFE Valve Replacement

If the car is equipped with an oxygen sensor, it is located near the EFE valve. Use care when removing the EFE valve as not to damage the oxygen sensor.

  1. Disconnect the vacuum hose at the EFE valve.
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  3. Remove the exhaust pipe-to-manifold nuts, and the washers and tension springs if used.
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  5. Lower the exhaust cross-over pipe. On some models, complete removal of the pipe is not necessary.
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  7. Remove the EFE valve.
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  9. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Always install new seals and gaskets.
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EFE Solenoid Removal
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the air cleaner assembly if necessary.
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  5. Disconnect and tag all electrical and vacuum hoses as required.
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  7. Remove the screw securing the solenoid to the valve cover bracket and remove the solenoid.
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  9. Installation is reverse of removal.
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Electric-Type EFE
  1. Remove the air cleaner.
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  3. Disconnect all vacuum, electrical and fuel connections from the carburetor.
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  5. Disconnect the EFE heater electrical connector.
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  7. Remove the carburetor.
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  9. Remove the EFE heater insulator (plate) assembly.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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