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Replaced EGR vavle and solenoid also checked down tube to exauhst manifold all look ok. still bringing up a EGR flow problem code on OBD II

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How do you clear a blocked exhaust when code says insuffient emisions


egr valve bad,P0401 OBD-II Trouble Code Technical Description 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 Related EGR codes: P0400, P0402, P0403, P0404, P0405, P0406, P0407, P0408, P0409

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May 31, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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P0401 error code


Depending on your Year and Model, there are some more prone to this Code than others because of the material used in the intake manifold. Ford and its affiliates switched from Aluminum to Plastic to prevent sooting.

On the old style 4.6L a passage under the Airhorn would clog and prevent EGR flow. Bad EGR flow is a Code 401. It can be a Solenoid valve failing to open, but many times it is a clogged passage as I mentioned. Sometimes a bad EGR has a ruptured diaphragm which can be checked by drawing the Vacuum out of it.

For those engines a simple $10 gasket and removal of 8 screws will allow you to scrape out the valley the passage is in.

So this fix is not real expensive, get parts at common autoparts stores.

Apr 06, 2013 | Ford F-150 Cars & Trucks

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P0174 p0402 p1150 p1151 and p0401


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P0401 OBD-II Trouble Code - 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.


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




P0402 OBD-II Trouble Code - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow (EGR) Excessive Detected
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 (DPF). These things work together to deliver the correct amount of recirculation based on engine temperature, load, etc. The P0402 code means that OBD detected an excessive amount of EGR.


Symptoms: You may notice drivability problems such as the engine may surge off idle. There may also be other symptoms.


A code P0402 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:
The DPFE (differential pressure) sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced
There is a blockage in the EGR (most likely carbon buildup)
The EGR valve is faulty
The EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vaccuum


Possible Solutions: with a P0402, it is common for people to replace the EGR valve, only to have the problem return. The most likely solution is to replace the DPFE sensor.


Check the voltage at the DPFE sensor both at idle and when the EGR is open
Replace the DPFE sensor

P1150 OBD-II Trouble Code - Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1 Sensor 2)


P1151 OBD-II Trouble Code - Lack of Upstream Heated Oxygen Sensor Switch - Sensor Indicates Lean - Bank No. 2
upstream is considered the oxygen sensor for the right side exhaust manifold, before the catalytic convertor. Make sure the sensor's electrical connection is in good condition. On the sensor, test between the terminals with an multimeter/ohmmeter. You should see about 6 ohms at 68*F. If not, replace.

The reason your engine is doing that is because the sensor is failing in such a way that the computer is dumping in extra fuel when it isn't really needed. Then you get the black smoke.





Hope this helps.

Jun 08, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Check engine light code P0401 98 Ford expedition


OBD-II Trouble Code 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. 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.

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

Check it and keep us updated. Hope this helps (remember to rating this free answer).

Oct 13, 2011 | 1998 Ford Expedition

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OBD II code PO401 EGR Problem? Change Solenoid and pressure sensor; egr valve working good. Pressure sensor have 5 volt reference and ground; solenoide have 12 volt in red cable and negative is ok. Ford...


The EGR solenoid hardley ever goes out..Probably a flow problem,,If its the 4.2 its more than likely the EGR ports...Please list the engine..I may know what to tell you to fix it..

Sep 14, 2011 | Ford E-250 Cars & Trucks

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2001 f 150 code po401


P0401 OBD-II Trouble Code - 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

Re-Check the possible solutions and tell us news (remember rated this).

Jun 02, 2010 | 2001 Ford F150 Styleside SuperCrew

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2000 isuzu trooper: OBD-II Trouble Code: P0401 Insufficient EGR F


Your SUV is really giving you a hard time, lol. Sorry but I've had those days too.
I would try to check if you have blocked EGR passages. If ok check for restricted MAP sensor vacuum hose/passage or restricted exhaust. I know you replaced the CAT but if the muffler is blocked then there would still be a restriction. Also check the wiring and connection to the MAP sensor.

Apr 28, 2010 | 2000 Isuzu Trooper

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CODE P0401 COMEING UP


I had an OBD II 401 code and fixed it by cleaning out the EGR vacuum line in the intake manifold. I removed teh EGR Valve and the set screw below it. i used a rifle cleaning brush and one length of the rod. Then I replaced teh set screw. I started teh engind and let the vacuum **** some carb cleaner through the front port hole. when it was sucking good I replaced teh EGR valve and reset the codes. That fixed it.8_26_2012_9_39_13_pm.jpg

Feb 12, 2010 | 1999 Isuzu Rodeo

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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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I'm getting an engine check light, the OBD-II is P0401.


try to clean out the tubes, it is very common for the tubes to get clogged up with carbon, also check for any breaks in the vacuum lines

Oct 13, 2008 | 1998 Ford Expedition

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