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Its something wrong with air mass calculation , it might be besouse of exhaust gas recirculation faulty/dirty, some leaks at mainfold intake, wirring harness , becouse most of problems with skoda form 2005 to 2012 is with wirrings.

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Hi, I have a Mitsubishi Diamante ES2004 love my car. My engine light came on so I took it in for Diagnosis test. The trouble code p0401, which means exhaust gas recirculation flow insufficient detected....


It doesn't work quit that simply

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It is located on the right front valve cover area. It will be either black or silver and have a 3 wire connector with wire colors BN/WH,GY/RD,BN/LG. It will have 2 rubber hoses going from it and connecting to two metal tubes which run to the exhaust.

Now what sets the the P1405 is.
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The EGR system is monitored during steady state driving conditions while the EGR is commanded on. The test fails when the signal from the DPF EGR sensor indicates that EGR flow is less than the desired minimum.
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