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Would faulty EGR valve cause check engine light to come on?

Intermittent check engine comes on. Highway driving only.

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  • kosmindtrip May 11, 2010

    check wires, spark plugs, coil, could be injectors..is it throwing any trouble codes? you can get codes read at autozone as long as your not in california?

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If EGR was out your engine light would stay on!usually hi way drive is a whole new emission game sensor work 100% different that city drive you have a O2 sensor problem don"t Get$$ the problem when if you say it only will do it on highway then take it on highway with OBD 2 in run scan mode have a passenger observe it this will give the the proper code you will need to peg it cheers!

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2002 Sable sedan choke/missing/sputtering intermittent


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I have a 1998 ford escort with a check engine light on and can't get it off


Here is a list of possible causes. Some things you have already done.

EGR solenoid valve harness is open or shorted
- EGR solenoid valve circuit poor electrical connection
- EGR volume control valve stuck closed
- Faulty EGR Pressure sensor
- Faulty EGR temperature sensor and circuit
- Faulty EGR Valve
- EGR passage clogged
- Exhaust gas leaks
Read more: http://engine-codes.com/p0401_ford.html#ixzz28fATCih2

Oct 07, 2012 | 1998 Ford Escort

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Have 1999 nissan maxima code #po325 an code#po400 ?dont know what is wrong with car, check engine light on?need help please


Technical Description

Knock Sensor Circuit Malfunction
What does that mean?

A knock sensor tells the engine computer when one or more of your engine's cylinders are "knocking", that is, exploding the air/fuel mixture in a way that delivers less power and can be damaging to the engine if prolonged. The computer uses this information to tune the engine so that it doesn't knock. If your knock sensor wasn't operating properly, so that it was always indicating a knock, the engine computer's response may have been to change the ignition timing on your engine. Knock sensors generally bolt into or thread into the engine block. This P0325 code may show up intermittently or the Service Engine light may be lit constantly. Other knock sensor related DTC codes include P0330.
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You may notice drivability problems including a lack of power and perhaps some hesitation. There may also be other symptoms.
Causes

A code P0325 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:

Possible Solutions
  • Check the resistance of the knock sensor (compare it to factory specs)
  • Check for broken/frayed wires leading to the sensor
  • Replace the knock sensor

Sources: W. Farmer - Nissan


P0400 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Malfunction OBD-II Trouble Code Technical Description

Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Malfunction
What does that mean?

The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve is vacuum controlled valve that regulates the amount of exhaust gases that re-enter the cylinders. The powertrain control module (PCM) determines how much based on engine load, temp, and other conditions. If the PCM detects that the amount of exhaust gases entering the cylinder were insufficient or non-existent, this code is set.
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No symptoms will likely be noticed by the driver other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp). However, non visible symptoms will be increased combustion temperature and increased Nox emissions.
Causes

A code P0400 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

  • Plugged EGR passage which restricts the flow of exhaust gasses
  • Faulty EGR solenoid
  • Faulty EGR solenoid wiring/harness
  • Vacuum lines damaged/disconnected to the EGR valve solenoid or to the EGR valve
  • Faulty EGR valve
Possible Solutions

Since EGR valve designs are different, no one test will suffice:

  • Using a scan tool, operate the EGR valve with the engine running. If the engine stumbles, the problem was likely intermittent wiring problem or intermittent blockage problem
  • If engine doesn't stumble, operate the EGR valve manually, if possible. If engine doesn't stumble and die, the ports are likely plugged. Removal of valve and cleaning of all ports will be required
  • Checking of solenoid can only usually be done with a scan tool, because most solenoids operate with a duty cycle of voltage, rather than constant voltage
  • Check all vacuum lines, hoses, etc for any damage
  • Visually inspect the solenoid harness and the solenoid for damage
  • Replace EGR valve

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P400 code on a 2000 mitsubishi diamante


P0400 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Malfunction
The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve is vacuum controlled valve that regulates the amount of exhaust gases that re-enter the cylinders. The powertrain control module (PCM) determines how much based on engine load, temp, and other conditions. If the PCM detects that the amount of exhaust gases entering the cylinder were insufficient or non-existent, this code is set.

Symptoms: No symptoms will likely be noticed by the driver other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp). However, non visible symptoms will be increased combustion temperature and increased Nox emissions.

Causes: A code P0400 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
Plugged EGR passage which restricts the flow of exhaust gasses
Faulty EGR solenoid
Faulty EGR solenoid wiring/harness
Vacuum lines damaged/disconnected to the EGR valve solenoid or to the EGR valve
Faulty EGR valve

Possible Solutions: Since EGR valve designs are different, no one test will suffice:
Using a scan tool, operate the EGR valve with the engine running. If the engine stumbles, the problem was likely intermittent wiring problem or intermittent blockage problem
If engine doesn't stumble, operate the EGR valve manually, if possible. If engine doesn't stumble and die, the ports are likely plugged. Removal of valve and cleaning of all ports will be required
Checking of solenoid can only usually be done with a scan tool, because most solenoids operate with a duty cycle of voltage, rather than constant voltage
Check all vacuum lines, hoses, etc for any damage
Visually inspect the solenoid harness and the solenoid for damage
Replace EGR valve

Hope this helps.

Jun 20, 2011 | 2000 Mitsubishi Diamante

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I changed the EGR valve on my '02 PT Cruiser about a year ago when I got the code, not the check engine light is coming on again but the car is running fine! I have taken it back to my mechanic twice to...


Its either a faulty EGR valve or it has carbon build up inside.Take valve off and clean carbon out using a non-chrlonated brake cleaner and wire brush.

Apr 21, 2011 | 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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OP400 Engine ligh code?


P0400 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Malfunction

The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve is vacuum controlled valve that regulates the amount of exhaust gases that re-enter the cylinders. The powertrain control module (PCM) determines how much based on engine load, temp, and other conditions. If the PCM detects that the amount of exhaust gases entering the cylinder were insufficient or non-existent, this code is set.
Symptoms:
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Causes: A code P0400 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
  • Plugged EGR passage which restricts the flow of exhaust gasses
  • Faulty EGR solenoid
  • Faulty EGR solenoid wiring/harness
  • Vacuum lines damaged/disconnected to the EGR valve solenoid or to the EGR valve
  • Faulty EGR valve

Possible Solutions: Since EGR valve designs are different, no one test will suffice:
  • Using a scan tool, operate the EGR valve with the engine running. If the engine stumbles, the problem was likely intermittent wiring problem or intermittent blockage problem
  • If engine doesn't stumble, operate the EGR valve manually, if possible. If engine doesn't stumble and die, the ports are likely plugged. Removal of valve and cleaning of all ports will be required
  • Checking of solenoid can only usually be done with a scan tool, because most solenoids operate with a duty cycle of voltage, rather than constant voltage
  • Check all vacuum lines, hoses, etc for any damage
  • Visually inspect the solenoid harness and the solenoid for damage
  • Replace EGR valve

Hope helps (remember comment and rated this).

Aug 05, 2010 | Eagle Talon Cars & Trucks

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Egr valve cleaning


Usually the EGR valve problems show the fault code P0400 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Malfunction

What does that mean?
The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve is vacuum controlled valve that regulates the amount of exhaust gases that re-enter the cylinders. The powertrain control module (PCM) determines how much based on engine load, temp, and other conditions. If the PCM detects that the amount of exhaust gases entering the cylinder were insufficient or non-existent, this code is set.


Symptoms
No symptoms will likely be noticed by the driver other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp). However, non visible symptoms will be increased combustion temperature and increased Nox emissions.


Causes
A code P0400 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
* Plugged EGR passage which restricts the flow of exhaust gasses
* Faulty EGR solenoid
* Faulty EGR solenoid wiring/harness
* Vacuum lines damaged/disconnected to the EGR valve solenoid or to the EGR valve
* Faulty EGR valve


Possible Solutions
Since EGR valve designs are different, no one test will suffice:
* Using a scan tool, operate the EGR valve with the engine running. If the engine stumbles, the problem was likely intermittent wiring problem or intermittent blockage problem
* If engine doesn't stumble, operate the EGR valve manually, if possible. If engine doesn't stumble and die, the ports are likely plugged. Removal of valve and cleaning of all ports will be required
* Checking of solenoid can only usually be done with a scan tool, because most solenoids operate with a duty cycle of voltage, rather than constant voltage
* Check all vacuum lines, hoses, etc for any damage
* Visually inspect the solenoid harness and the solenoid for damage
* Replace EGR valve


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May 08, 2010 | 1998 Suzuki Esteem

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My check engine light and TCS light came on. Code


P0401: Isufficient Flow Detected in EGR system.
-clean the EGR port with the carburetor cleaner.
-clean the EGR passage inside the EGR valve with the caburetor cleaner.
Reset the light, if the light still coming back, then replace the EGR valve.

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Idle loops


the egr valve could be sticking causing this issue put a vacuum gauge on the egr valve to draw a vacuum then release it to see if it sticks

Feb 27, 2010 | 1994 Toyota Pickup

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Check eng.light on mis fires around town but not on highway had new plugs ,wires fuel injectors cleaned,new coil pack. ect. no one knows the problem,missfires on two cyl,


Your EGR valve appears to be leaking. The valve is most likly dirty or sticking causing the exhaust gasses to enter the intake manifold and causing the missfire. At highway speeds is when the exhaust gas is allowed in the engines intake system for combustion chamber cooling and emissions purposes.
I would suggest removing the EGR, cleaning the valve and have the valve checked.
Good luck.

Dec 02, 2009 | 1996 Ford Windstar

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