So on my 96 K1500 (with a 305) I have had a consistent P1406 code, indicating issue carbon blockage in the pintle of the EGR valve. Its been happening for the last couple of months. In the same time period I get an occasional misfire on cylinder 8 (p0308) that accompanies some stumbling and rough idle. That happens only when the engine is cold, but as it has warmed some it has not happened as much. I did the plugs and wires a month ago to see if that would fix the misfire. Plugs were toast but still did not fix the misfire.
Anyway I have not had the misfire in a week but I decided to tackle the EGR. So I pulled the valve and it looks fairly new and there was little carbon buildup, either by the pintle or the port to the intake. I cleaned it anyway and threw it back on with a new gasket. Code pops up again after a minute of driving around.
So it might be a stupid question as the next obvious step is to replace the EGR valve, but as they are around $120, I wanted to see if the issue was elsewhere before I throw money at it. I am kind of a dummy at this so should I look for issues with the MAF? Exhaust? Intake? I realize those might be more effort and $$$ but just want to know if there is the potential for it being something other than the EGR, especially with the recent misfire issues.