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DTS-P 1404(EGR Valve)

HAD this Code(Pintle Stuck Open), Took the EGR Valve Off, Pintle was working Fine, But Cleaned it anyways, Gun-Barreled Brushed the Tubes, New Gasket, and The "Service Engine Soon" Light came back On...Took car Over and Steam-Cleaned the Engine, Service Light didn't come Back on, On Start-Up(right after Washing Engine) and is still Off...But Still get the P 1404 DTS Code..I asked The Guys at the Parts House to Clear the Code, But They said They couldn't Legally do That...So Did My Car RESET itself(figured this was the Case since The Service Light didn't come back on), or is The EGR still Faulty??

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  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Feb 20, 2009

    Got the Problem corrected, after I got the EGR to work correctly, and the "Service Engine" Light went off, the DTS Code cleared itself, and now it says "Pass"...I did check with the Dealer on the Unlock Code, that could have been a rather big hassle, lol...
    I did Check with the Dealer about attempting to Clear the code via the Battery Disconnect, They said it wouldn't work for this particular code, But Thanks for Your Time, I appreciated Your Effort!



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Unhook the battery for ten minutes and hook it back up... that will clear the code... if your stereo requires a code make sure you know it first.


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    Roberta Smith Feb 20, 2009

    as we are basically volunteers and that is a horrid rating for my overall ratings please consider bumping it up to a helpful ... thanks



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