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97 tracer P0401 code won't go away

Replaced egr valve, egr pressure sensor & egr vacuum solenoid all on recommendation from staff at autozone. Cleared service engine light each time, but after about 20 miles, sometimes less, it comes back on. Can you get around this somehow? My registration was up in Aug 08 & now I need this car because the fuel pump in my burb went out. I thought this would be the easiest & cheapest one to fix. Maybe not!

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    Chuck Martin May 11, 2010

    Check the vacuum line going to the EGR valve make sure it is not pinched or cut anywhere.

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Late suggestion; it may be that the code needs to be reset via a code reader and that the problem will remain in memory until forcibly removed. That is fairly common.

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Have 1999 Mercury Sable and failed emissions for P0401 code, I replaced the EGR Valve and had the code reset, service engine light came on again Approx 15 miles later. Took it to Auto Zone and they gave...


I am not surprized. The chances that replacing an EGR valve will fix a code P0401 on ANY Ford vehicle is about 1/2 of 1 percent. You most likely either have clogged up EGR ports in your intake manifold, or you have a defective Delta Pressure Feedback EGR (DPFE) sensor.

To find out which it is, apply vacuum to the EGR valve vacuum port with the engine idling. The engine should stumble and/or stall. If it does not, your ports are clogged. If it does, the most likely cause of your problem is the DPFE sensor. However, the EGR vacuum control solenoid could also be the cause.
You cannot properly test the EGR vacuum control solenoid without the proper equipment, but you can check to make sure that there is manifold vacuum going into one side of the solenoid and you can check to make sure that there are no breaks or leaks in the line that runs between the solenoid and the valve. If you find any of these, repair as necessary. If you do not find a problem with the vacuum lines, then you can take a "guess" and replace the DPFE. If this does not work, then you can "guess" again and replace the solenoid. If it still does nort work, then you probably have a bad electrical circuit to the solenoid (once again, requiring the proper equipment to diagnose).

Please also review the following article: What Else Could Be Wrong?

Nov 18, 2011 | 1999 Mercury Sable

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Fault code p0401


This error means Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected.

You can deatils on the following site http://www.permoveo.ltd.uk/tabid/122/OBD-Error-Code/P0401/Diagnostics/Hyundai/Default.aspx

but for convenience I have reproduced that information here:
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Generic OBD Error Code Details for P0401 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected What does this mean? OBD Code P0401refers to
EGR stands for Exhaust Gas Recirculation. It is part of the vehicle emmissions system, and is used to reduce combustion temperature and pressure to control Oxides of Nitrogen. There are generally three parts to the EGR system: the EGR valve, an actuator solenoid, and a differential pressure sensor EGR (DPFE). These things work together to deliver the correct amount of recirculation based on engine temperature, load, etc. The P0401 code means that OBD detected an insufficient amount of EGR. SymptomsPossible sumptoms of OBD code P0401
You may notice drivability problems such as pinging (a.k.a. pre-ignition knock) when the engine is under load or the vehicle is at higher speeds. There may also be other symptoms. CausesPossible causes of OBD code P0401
A code P0401 most likely means one or more of the following has happened: •The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced•There is a blockage in the EGR (tube), most likely carbon buildup •The EGR valve is faulty •The EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vaccuum Possible SolutionsIn fixing this code, it is quite common for people to just replace the EGR valve only to have the OBD code return. The EGR valve is not always the culprit. •Use a vacuum pump and pull the EGR valve open while monitoring engine RPM's & DPFE voltage. There should be a noticable difference in RPM's with the EGR open •Clean out the EGR valve and/or tubing to remove deposits•Check the voltage at the DPFE, compare to specified values (refer to a repair manual for your specific model)•Replace the DPFE sensor (with a good quality / OEM one)•Replace the EGR valve Related CodesP0400 P0402 P0403

Jul 12, 2011 | Hyundai Tucson Cars & Trucks

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This is the code number after testing for the check engine light P0401. Also , the exhaust gas recirculation flow is insufficient.


More than likely you have a faulty EGR Valve Pressure Sensor, especially if your EGR Valve Pressure Sensor is the original metal type. The new sensor is made of plastic and doesn't corrode like the old design. This sensor is located on the Intake Manifold.

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Here is the sensor: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/2001-Mercury-Sable/EGR-Valve-Pressure-Sensor/_/N-jfkhrZ93y2i

It is also possible that the EGR Valve has a clogged port, but this is less likely.

Mar 15, 2011 | 2001 Mercury Sable

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Check engine light stays on the code that keeps coming up is P0401 changed egr valve clened out carbon build up also smell gas when first start not driving and fuel millage not as good car runs good though...


Could be a EGR vacuum issue or temp sensor issue

Common Problems That Trigger the P0401 Code
  • Restriction in the EGR passages, usually caused by carbon buildup
  • Lack of a proper vacuum signal to the EGR Valve from EGR Vacuum Solenoid
  • EGR Vacuum Modulator is defective
  • EGR Temperature Sensor is defective
  • EGR Valve is defective
This is from:
http://repairpal.com/OBD-II-Code-P0401-Ford

Jan 31, 2011 | 1998 Chevrolet Lumina

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Trouble code p0401


P0401 - Insufficient EGR Flow

EGR stands for Exhaust Gas Recirculation. It is part of the vehicle emmissions system, and is used to reduce combustion temperature and pressure to control Oxides of Nitrogen. There are generally three parts to the EGR system: the EGR valve, an actuator solenoid, and a differential pressure sensor EGR (DPFE). These things work together to deliver the correct amount of recirculation based on engine temperature, load, etc. The P0401 code means that OBD detected an insufficient amount of EGR.

Symptoms: You may notice drivability problems such as pinging (a.k.a. pre-ignition knock) when the engine is under load or the vehicle is at higher speeds. There may also be other symptoms.

Causes: A code P0401 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:
* The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced
* There is a blockage in the EGR (tube), most likely carbon buildup
* The EGR valve is faulty
* The EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vaccuum

Possible Solutions: In fixing this code, it is quite common for people to just replace the EGR valve only to have the OBD code return. The EGR valve is not always the culprit.
* Use a vacuum pump and pull the EGR valve open while monitoring engine RPM's & DPFE voltage. There should be a noticable difference in RPM's with the EGR open
* Clean out the EGR valve and/or tubing to remove deposits
* Check the voltage at the DPFE, compare to specified values (refer to a repair manual for your specific model)
* Replace the DPFE sensor (with a good quality / OEM one)
* Replace the EGR valve


Hope this helps to solve it (remember to rate this answer).

Jan 06, 2011 | Ford F-250 Cars & Trucks

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2002 Mercury cugar P0401 and P1401


DTC P0401 - Insufficient EGR Flow

EGR stands for Exhaust Gas Recirculation. It is part of the vehicle emmissions system, and is used to reduce combustion temperature and pressure to control Oxides of Nitrogen. There are generally three parts to the EGR system: the EGR valve, an actuator solenoid, and a differential pressure sensor EGR (DPFE). These things work together to deliver the correct amount of recirculation based on engine temperature, load, etc. The P0401 code means that OBD detected an insufficient amount of EGR.

Causes: A code P0401 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:
* The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced
* There is a blockage in the EGR (tube), most likely carbon buildup
* The EGR valve is faulty
* The EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vaccuum

Possible Solutions: In fixing this code, it is quite common for people to just replace the EGR valve only to have the OBD code return. The EGR valve is not always the culprit.
* Use a vacuum pump and pull the EGR valve open while monitoring engine RPM's & DPFE voltage. There should be a noticable difference in RPM's with the EGR open
* Clean out the EGR valve and/or tubing to remove deposits
* Check the voltage at the DPFE, compare to specified values (refer to a repair manual for your specific model)
* Replace the DPFE sensor (with a good quality / OEM one)
* Replace the EGR valve


DTC P1401 - Differential Pressure Feedback Electronic Sensor circuit High Voltage

I think that you need a new DPFE; first check it, you could also have something restricted. There are ports in the throttle body that can cause this as well. Check THIS LINK.

Hope helps.

Nov 04, 2010 | Mercury Cougar Cars & Trucks

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2001 mercury engine code P0401


DTC P0401 - Insufficient EGR Flow

What does that mean? EGR stands for Exhaust Gas Recirculation. It is part of the vehicle emmissions system, and is used to reduce combustion temperature and pressure to control Oxides of Nitrogen. There are generally three parts to the EGR system: the EGR valve, an actuator solenoid, and a differential pressure sensor EGR (DPFE). These things work together to deliver the correct amount of recirculation based on engine temperature, load, etc. The P0401 code means that OBD detected an insufficient amount of EGR.

Symptoms: You may notice drivability problems such as pinging (a.k.a. pre-ignition knock) when the engine is under load or the vehicle is at higher speeds. There may also be other symptoms.

Causes: A code P0401 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:
* The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced
* There is a blockage in the EGR (tube), most likely carbon buildup
* The EGR valve is faulty
* The EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vaccuum

Possible Solutions:
In fixing this code, it is quite common for people to just replace the EGR valve only to have the OBD code return. The EGR valve is not always the culprit.
* Use a vacuum pump and pull the EGR valve open while monitoring engine RPM's & DPFE voltage. There should be a noticable difference in RPM's with the EGR open
* Clean out the EGR valve and/or tubing to remove deposits
* Check the voltage at the DPFE, compare to specified values (refer to a repair manual for your specific model)
* Replace the DPFE sensor (with a good quality / OEM one)
* Replace the EGR valve

Hope helps (remember comment and rated this).

Jul 14, 2010 | 2001 Mercury Sable

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P0401 code Mercury Cougar 2000. DPFE sensor?


  1. Have tried cleaning out the throttle body? Carb cleaner and a rag should do the trick. Also, try bypassing the vacuum solenoid. First, remove the vacuum line from the solenoid, start the car, and then connect the vacuum line directly to the EGR valve. The car should run very rough and die. If not, then there is still something blocking the system (since you replaced everything, it might be down in the pipe (between valve and exhaust)). Also, ensure that the vacuum is strong enough by ensuring that the lines sticks to your fingers. Final possibility is that your new sensor is bad. You can do a voltage check (with igntion turned toon: 1 wire at 5 volts, 1 wire at 0 volts and 1 wire at about .5 tp 1.1 volts). The aftermarket sensors are not always of the best quality.

Jun 01, 2009 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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I just bought a 1997 Mercury Sable it was a private sale. Once I got it home the check engine light was on can't remember the code but it when I looked it up it was the canister purge valve. Spent $80. for...


P0401 insufficient EGR flow.

Possible causes:
  • Fault in vacuum supply to EGR vacuum regulator solenoid.
  • EGR valve stuck closed or iced.
  • EGR valve diaphragm leaks.
  • EGR valve or flow path restricted.
  • EGR vacuum hose off, plugged or leaks.
  • VPWR circuit open to EGR Vacuum Regulator solenoid.
  • EVR circuit to PCM open.
  • EVR circuit to PCM shorted to PWR.
  • Differential Pressure Feedback EGR (D.P.F. EGR) sensor pressure hoses both connected improperly.
  • D.P.F. EGR sensor pressure hoses reversed.
  • D.P.F. EGR sensor VREF circuit open.
  • Downstream pressure hose off.
  • Downstream pressure hose plugged.
  • Damaged orifice tube assembly.
  • Damaged EGR Vacuum Regulator solenoid.
  • Damaged D.P.F. EGR sensor.
  • Damaged PCM.



P0443 indicates an intermittent EVAP canister purge valve circuit failure.
Possible causes:
  • Intermittent EVAP canister purge valve or VPWR circuit open.
  • Damaged EVAP canister purge valve.

Mar 13, 2009 | 1997 Mercury Sable

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Engine light on in 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan - code P0401 What does that code mean?


it is your EGR Valve. EGR stands for Exhaust Gas Recirculation. It is part of the vehicle emmissions system, and is used to reduce combustion temperature and pressure to control Oxides of Nitrogen. There are generally three parts to the EGR system: the EGR valve
, an actuator solenoid, and a differential pressure sensor EGR (DPFE). These things work together to deliver the correct amount of recirculation based on engine temperature, load, etc. The P0401 code means that OBD detected an insufficient amount of EGR.

Causes A code P0401 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:
  • The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced
  • There is a blockage in the EGR (tube), most likely carbon buildup
  • The EGR valve is faulty
  • The EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vaccuum
Possible Solutions In fixing this code, it is quite common for people to just replace the EGR valve only to have the OBD code return. The EGR valve is not always the culprit.
  • Use a vacuum pump and pull the EGR valve open while monitoring engine RPM's & DPFE voltage. There should be a noticable difference in RPM's with the EGR open
  • Clean out the EGR valve and/or tubing to remove deposits
  • Check the voltage at the DPFE, compare to specified values (refer to a repair manual for your specific model)
  • Replace the DPFE sensor (with a good quality / OEM one)
  • Replace the EGR valve
LOCATION:
drivers side of the engine bay, just under the intake manifold plenum where the throttle body bolts up! If you take the air snokel off you'll see it better! It has a remote mountted vaccum solenoid with a 2 wire connector going to it that you should be able to see near the throttle body.
Follow the hose from the solenoid down to the valve and you'll find it!

hopes this helps-------lebones

Jan 06, 2009 | Dodge Grand Caravan Cars & Trucks

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