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Egr system Just found out that a mechanic a year ago put the wrong DFPE sensor in my 2003 Ford Explorer XLT (Flex)... they put the one in for a Sport Trac, which my vehicle is not. I have a check engine light with the P1401 code. I have had this code since having my head gasket repaired. Would having the wrong DFPE sensor cause this check engine code?

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Have you checked the vacuum lines running to the DFPE? If they are damaged, or got switched during the head gasket replacement (not unheard of) that's probably the problem. If they aren't damaged, try switching them and clearing the codes and see what happens. Yes, having the wrong DFPE installed COULD cause that code to appear, but if you didn't get this code between the time the DFPE sensor was replaced, and when you had the head gasket replaced, I'd say that's not the issue. They are probably interchangeable, or more likely, the exact same part. Hope this helps

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Its possible. Code 1401 does involve the DFPE sensor circuit.

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