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P0401 code Mercury Cougar 2000. DPFE sensor?

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My 2000 Mercury Cougar has been showing the CEL for a while now. The guys at Autozone said the code was P0401 - Insufficient EGR circulation. I took the car in for an estimate and the mechanic told me the DPFE/EGR pressure sensor was faulty and needed to be replaced. Since I wanted to learn more about fixing my car myself, I looked the DIY for DPFE replacement online. I switched my DPFE sensor (part# F7ue-9j460-AA) with BWD EGR155 from Advance auto parts. However, 10 miles after resetting the codes (by disconnecting battery), the CEL was on again. What could be the problem? Should I replace the EGR valve or solenoid? What diagnosis can I do to figure out whats faulty? The only other symptom is slightly lower gas mileage, but since I drive in Boston traffic I cant say for sure if the EGR is causing that.

I would really appreciate your help.

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Yes it will. Clean out all the ports for the EGR valve check PCV valve if equipped. Vacuum lines can cause this problem also

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  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.

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