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SOURCE: Problem with Egr Valve

What about the EGR exhaust pressure sensor? Have you tested it? This is the sensor the PCM uses to determine how much to open EGR, also check the closed and off idle voltage of the TPS sensor.

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

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SOURCE: 02 monte carlo, radom misfires, EGR circuit failure

Does it misfire under load like when you press on the gas peddle after slowing down then accelerate or at idle. When you say spark plug did you mean all the spark plugs?

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

SOURCE: vacuum to the egr valve on my 89 chevy van with 3o5

Stuck closed. You can't free these up. Gotta buy a new one.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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SOURCE: engine light on 2002 Explorer. engine code P1400

This may have to do with a bad wiring. Check all the wiring associated with EGR operation. Whenever a computer throws a code about high or low circuit voltage, it is usually attributed to abnormal wiring.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 Toyota Camry, 4 cylinder. engine

REPLACE THE EGR VALVE ASSEMBLY !

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I am getting OBD-II trouble code P0404 on my 2001 Chevy Malibu, and want to know, what I can do to correct that?


Here is the website I use for OBDII codes:
http://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/

And it says:
P0404 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance OBD-II Trouble Code Technical Description

Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance
What does that mean?

The EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system's purpose is to redirect exhaust gas back into the cylinders. Since exhaust gas is inert, it displaces oxygen and fuel, thereby lowering cylinder temps, which, in turn, lowers oxides of nitrogen emissions. For that reason it needs to be carefully metered into the cylinders (via the EGR valve) so as not to adversely affect the engine's performance. (Too much EGR and the engine won't idle).
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If you have a P0404, then the EGR valve is likely an electrically controlled EGR valve instead of a vacuum controlled EGR valve. Also, the valve will usually have a feedback system built into it that informs the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) what position the valve is in; open, closed, or somewhere in between. The PCM needs to know this to determine whether or not the valve is operating as needed. If the PCM determines that the valve should be operating, but the feedback circuit shows that the valve is not open, this code will set. Or if the PCM determines the valve should be closed but the feedback signal indicates that the valve is open, this code will set.
Symptoms

There may be no symptoms of a P0404 DTC other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) or check engine light. However, Exhaust Gas Recirculation systems are inherently problematic due to carbon buildup in the intake manifold, etc. This normal buildup can lodge in an EGR valve, holding it open when it should be closed. If this is the case, the engine may idle rough, or not at all. If the valve has failed and is NOT opening, then symptoms would be higher combustion temps and as a result, higher Nox emissions. But the latter symptoms aren't going to be noticeable to a driver.
Causes

Usually this code points to either carbon buildup or a bad EGR valve. However that doesn't rule out the following:

  • Open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit
  • Open or short in the ground circuit
  • Open or short in the PCM controlled voltage circuit
  • Bad PCM (less likely)
Possible Solutions
  1. Using a scan tool command the EGR valve to open while watching the actual EGR position (it will probably be labeled "desired EGR" or something similar). The actual EGR position should be very close to the "desired" EGR position. If it is, then the problem is likely intermittent. It may have been a lodged piece of carbon that has since dislodged, or it could be a bad EGR valve winding that intermittently opens or shorts as the valve temperature changes.
  2. If the EGR "desired" position is not close to the "actual" position, then unplug the EGR sensor. Check for a good 5 Volt reference voltage to the connector. If it doesn't show a reference voltage, repair an open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit.
  3. If there is a 5 volt reference voltage, activate the EGR with the scanner, monitor the EGR ground circuit with a DVOM (Digital Volt/Ohm meter). It should indicate a good ground. If it doesn't then repair the ground circuit.
  4. If there is a good ground, then check the control circuit. It should indicate voltage that varies according to the percentage that the EGR is open. As it's open more, the voltage should increase accordingly. If it does, then replace the EGR valve.
  5. If the voltage doesn't increase incrementally, then repair open or short in EGR control circuit.

Aug 07, 2011 | 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

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What is a p0404 code


P0404 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance
The EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system's purpose is to redirect exhaust gas back into the cylinders. Since exhaust gas is inert, it displaces oxygen and fuel, thereby lowering cylinder temps, which, in turn, lowers oxides of nitrogen emissions. For that reason it needs to be carefully metered into the cylinders (via the EGR valve) so as not to adversely affect the engine's performance. (Too much EGR and the engine won't idle).

If you have a P0404, then the EGR valve is likely an electrically controlled EGR valve instead of a vacuum controlled EGR valve. Also, the valve will usually have a feedback system built into it that informs the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) what position the valve is in; open, closed, or somewhere in between. The PCM needs to know this to determine whether or not the valve is operating as needed. If the PCM determines that the valve should be operating, but the feedback circuit shows that the valve is not open, this code will set. Or if the PCM determines the valve should be closed but the feedback signal indicates that the valve is open, this code will set.

Symptoms: There may be no symptoms of a P0404 DTC other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) or check engine light. However, Exhaust Gas Recirculation systems are inherently problematic due to carbon buildup in the intake manifold, etc. This normal buildup can lodge in an EGR valve, holding it open when it should be closed. If this is the case, the engine may idle rough, or not at all. If the valve has failed and is NOT opening, then symptoms would be higher combustion temps and as a result, higher Nox emissions. But the latter symptoms aren't going to be noticeable to a driver.

Causes: Usually this code points to either carbon buildup or a bad EGR valve. However that doesn't rule out the following:
Open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit
Open or short in the ground circuit
Open or short in the PCM controlled voltage circuit
Bad PCM (less likely)

Possible Solutions: Using a scan tool command the EGR valve to open while watching the actual EGR position (it will probably be labeled "desired EGR" or something similar). The actual EGR position should be very close to the "desired" EGR position. If it is, then the problem is likely intermittent. It may have been a lodged piece of carbon that has since dislodged, or it could be a bad EGR valve winding that intermittently opens or shorts as the valve temperature changes.
If the EGR "desired" position is not close to the "actual" position, then unplug the EGR sensor. Check for a good 5 Volt reference voltage to the connector. If it doesn't show a reference voltage, repair an open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit.
If there is a 5 volt reference voltage, activate the EGR with the scanner, monitor the EGR ground circuit with a DVOM (Digital Volt/Ohm meter). It should indicate a good ground. If it doesn't then repair the ground circuit.
If there is a good ground, then check the control circuit. It should indicate voltage that varies according to the percentage that the EGR is open. As it's open more, the voltage should increase accordingly. If it does, then replace the EGR valve.
If the voltage doesn't increase incrementally, then repair open or short in EGR control circuit.


Hope this helps (remember to rate and comment this answer).

Jul 11, 2011 | 2003 Chevrolet Impala

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I have an 04 Kia spectra with a PO121 code. What domestic this mean


Well.... Here is a full list of the codes I can find that Kia list. Oddly it jumps from P0120 to P0122

I hope the attached will help, but you may need to talk to your dealer.


Diagnostic Codes
Kia
Without Onboard Diagnostics (OBD-II)
2 Distributor no Signal.
3 Distributor G Signal.
7 Fault on SGT Signal.
8 Mass Air Flow Sensor.
9 Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor.
10 Intake Air Temperature Sensor.
12 Throttle Position Sensor.
14 Atmospheric Pressure Sensor.
15 Oxygen Sensor.
16 EGR Valve Position Sensor.
17 Feedback System.
18 Injector No. 1 open or short.
19 Injector No. 2 open or short.
20 Injector No. 3 open or short.
21 Injector No. 4 open or short.
24 Fuel Pump Relay open or short.
25 Pressure Regulator Control Solenoid Valve.
26 Purge Control Solenoid Valve.
28 Solenoid Valve (EGR) open or short.
34 Idle Speed Control Solenoid Valve.
35 Deteriorated Injector.
36 Deteriorated Air Flow Sensor.
37 Intake System Air Leakage.
41 Variable Inertia Charging System Solenoid Valve.
46 A/C Cut Relay open or short.
48 Power Stage Group 1 Malfunction (inside ECM). Injector 1-4 Purge Solenoid Valve, EGR Solenoid Valve or Damaged Power Stage.
49 Power Stage Group 2 Malfunction (inside ECM). Idle Speed Control Valve Failure or Damaged Power Stage.
56 Idle Speed Control Valve Closing Coil open or short.
57 A/C Compressor Input Signal short.
73 Vehicle Speed Sensor open or short.
87 Malfunction Indicator Lamp short Circuit.
88 ECM Data.
99 Battery.





OBD-II

P0100 Mass Air Flow or Volume Air Flow Circuit Malfunction.
P0101 Mass Air Flow or Volume Air Flow Circuit Range/Performance problem.
P0102 Mass Air Flow or Volume Air Flow Circuit Low Input.
P0103 Mass Air Flow or Volume Air Flow Circuit High Input.
P0107 MAP/BARO Circuit Low Input.
P0108 MAP/BARO Circuit High Input.
P0110 A/T Circuit Malfunction.
P0115 Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit Malfunction.
P0116 Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit Range/Performance Condition.
P0117 Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit Low Input.
P0118 Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit High Input.
P0120 Throttle Position Malfunction - Circuit A.
P0122 APP/TPP Sensor Switch Low Input - Circuit A.
P0123 APP/TPP Sensor Switch High Input - Circuit A.
P0125 Insufficient Coolant Temperature for Closed Loop Fuel Control.
P0130 Oxygen Sensor Circuit Malfunction - Bank 1 Sensor 1.
P0131 Oxygen Sensor Circuit Low Voltage - Bank 1 Sensor 1.
P0132 Oxygen Sensor Circuit High Voltage - Bank 1 Sensor 1.
P0133 Oxygen Sensor Circuit Slow Response - Bank 1 Sensor 1.
P0134 Oxygen Sensor Circuit No Activity detected - Bank 1 Sensor 1.
P0135 Oxygen Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction - Bank 1 Sensor 1.
P0136 Oxygen Sensor Circuit Malfunction - Bank 1 Sensor 2.
P0137 Oxygen Sensor Circuit Low Voltage - Bank 1 Sensor 2.
P0138 Oxygen Sensor Circuit High Voltage - Bank 1 Sensor 2.
P0139 Oxygen Sensor Circuit Slow Response - Bank 1 Sensor 2.
P0140 Oxygen Sensor Circuit No Activity detected - Bank 1 Sensor 2.
P0141 Oxygen Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction - Bank 1 Sensor 2.
P0170 Fuel Trim Malfunction - Bank 1.
P0171 System too Lean - Bank 1.
P0172 System too Rich - Bank 1.
P0261 Injector Circuit Low - Cyl. 1.
P0262 Injector Circuit High - Cyl. 1.
P0264 Injector Circuit Low - Cyl. 2.
P0265 Injector Circuit High - Cyl. 2.
P0267 Injector Circuit Low - Cyl. 3.
P0268 Injector Circuit High - Cyl. 3.
P0270 Injector Circuit Low - Cyl. 4.
P0271 Injector Circuit High - Cyl. 4.
P0300 Multiple/Random Misfire detected.
P0301 Misfire detected - Cyls. 1-4.
P0302 Misfire detected - Cyls. 1-4.
P0303 Misfire detected - Cyls. 1-4.
P0304 Misfire detected - Cyls. 1-4.
P0325 Knock Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P0326 Knock Sensor 1 Circuit Range/Performance - Bank 1 or Single Sensor.
P0335 Crankshaft Position Sensor Malfunction - Circuit A.
P0336 Crankshaft Position Sensor Range/Performance - Circuit A.
P0340 Crankshaft Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction.
P0342 Crankshaft Position Sensor Circuit Low Input.
P0343 Crankshaft Position Sensor Circuit High Input.
P0400 EGR Flow Malfunction.
P0403 EGR Circuit Malfunction.
P0404 EGR Circuit Range/Performance Malfunction.
P0420 Catalyst System Efficiency below Threshold - Bank 1.
P0422 Main Catalyst Efficiency below Threshold - Bank 1.
P0440 Evaporative Control Malfunction.
P0441 Evaporative Control System - Improper Purge.
P0442 Evaporative Control System - Small Leak detected.
P0443 Evaporative Control System Purge Control Valve Circuit Malfunction.
P0446 Evaporative Vent Control Circuit Malfunction.
P0447 Evaporative Vent Control Circuit Open.
P0448 Evaporative Vent Control Circuit Short.
P0450 Evaporative System Pressure Sensor Circuit Malfunction.
P0452 Evaporative Control System Pressure Sensor Low Input.
P0453 Evaporative Control System Pressure Sensor High Input.
P0455 Evaporative Control System - Large Leak detected.
P0470 Exhaust Pressure Sensor Malfunction.
P0500 Vehicle Speed Sensor Malfunction.
P0501 Vehicle Speed Sensor Range/Performance.
P0505 Idle Air Control System Malfunction.
P0506 Idle Air Control System Malfunction - RPM Lower than expected.
P0507 Idle Air Control System Malfunction - RPM Higher than expected.
P0510 CTP Switch Malfunction.
P0561 System Voltage Unstable.
P0562 System Voltage Low.
P0563 System Voltage High.
P0601 Internal Control Module Memory Checksum Error.
P0604 Internal Control Module RAM Error.
P0703 Torque Converter/Brake Pedal Switch Malfunction - Circuit B.
P0705 Transaxle Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input).
P0706 A/T Range Sensor Circuit Range/ Performance.
P0710 Transaxle Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Malfunction.
P0711 A/T Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance.
P0715 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Malfunction.
P0722 Output Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal.
P0726 Engine Speed Input Circuit Range/ Performance.
P0727 Engine Speed Input Circuit - No Signal.
P0731 A/T Gear 1 Improper Ratio.
P0732 A/T Gear 2 Improper Ratio.
P0733 A/T Gear 3 Improper Ratio.
P0734 A/T Gear 4 Improper Ratio.
P0740 Torque Converter Clutch System Malfunction.
P0743 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical.
P0750 Shift Solenoid "A" Malfunction.
P0753 Shift Solenoid "A" Electrical.
P0755 Shift Solenoid "B" Malfunction.
P0758 Shift Solenoid "B" Electrical.
P0760 Shift Solenoid "C" Malfunction.
P1000 Readiness Function Code.
P1115 Engine Coolant Temperature Signal from ECM to TCM.
P1121 Throttle Position Sensor Signal Malfunction from ECM to TCM.
P1170 Front Heated Oxygen Sensor Stuck.
P1195 EGR Pressure Sensor (1.6L) or Boost Sensor (1.8L) Open or Short.
P1196 Ignition Switch "Start" Open or Short (1.6L).
P1250 Pressure Regulator Control Solenoid Valve Open or Short.
P1252 Pressure Regulator Control Solenoid Valve No. 2 Circuit Malfunction.
P1307 Chassis Acceleration Sensor Signal Malfunction.
P1308 Chassis Acceleration Sensor Signal Low.
P1309 Chassis Acceleration Sensor Signal High.
P1345 No SGC Signal (1.6L).
P1386 Knock Sensor Control Zero Test.
P1402 EGR Valve Position Sensor Open or Short.
P1449 Canister Drain Cut Valve Open or Short (1.8L).
P1450 Excessive Vacuum Leak.
P1455 Fuel Tank Sending Unit Open or Short (1.8L).
P1457 Purge Solenoid Valve Low System Malfunction.
P1458 A/C Compressor Control Signal Malfunction.
P1485 EGR Solenoid Valve Vacuum Open or Short.
P1486 EGR Solenoid Valve Vent Open or Short.
P1487 EGR Boost Sensor Solenoid Valve Open or Short.
P1496 EGR Stepper Motor Malfunction - Circuit 1 (1.8L).
P1497 EGR Stepper Motor Malfunction - Circuit 2 (1.8L).
P1498 EGR Stepper Motor Malfunction - Circuit 3 (1.8L).
P1499 EGR Stepper Motor Malfunction - Circuit 4 (1.8L).
P1500 No Vehicle Speed Signal to TCM.
P1505 Idle Air Control Valve Opening Coil Voltage Low.
P1506 Idle Air Control Valve Opening Coil Voltage High.
P1507 Idle Air Control Valve Closing Coil Voltage Low.
P1508 Idle Air Control Valve Closing Coil Voltage High.
P1523 VICS Solenoid Valve.
P1586 A/T-M/T Codification.
P1608 PCM Malfunction.
P1611 MIL Request Circuit Voltage Low.
P1614 MIL Request Circuit Voltage High.
P1624 MIL Request Signal from TCM to ECM.
P1631 Alternator "T" Open or No Power Output (1.8L).
P1632 Battery Voltage Detection Circuit for Alternator Regulator (1.8L).
P1633 Battery Overcharge.
P1634 Alternator "B" Open (1.8L).
P1693 MIL Circuit Malfunction.
P1743 Torque Converter Clutch Solenoid Valve Open or Short.
P1794 Battery or Circuit Failure.
P1795 4WD Switch Signal Malfunction.
P1797 P or N Range Signal or Clutch Pedal Position Switch Open or Short.

Jun 21, 2011 | 2004 Kia Spectra

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Engin light #po406 2005 ram quad cab


P0406 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Sensor A Circuit High

Early Models : The EGR valve control the amount of exhaust gas routed to the intake manifold. Vacuum is applied to the EGR valve in response to the throttle opening. The vacuum control the movement of the taper valve connected to the vacuum diaphragm in the EGR valve.

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Late Models : The EGR volume control valve uses a step motor to control the flow rate of EGR from exhaust manifold. This motor has four winding phases. It operates according to the output pulse signal of the ECM. Two windings are turned ON and OFF in sequence. Each time an ON pulse is issued, the valve opens or closes, changing the flow rate. When no change in the flow rate is needed, the ECM does not issue the pulse signal. A certain voltage signal is issued so that the valve remains at that particular opening.

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Symptoms
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Engine hesitation

Possible causes
- Harness or connectors (EGR volume control valve circuit is open or shorted.)
- EGR volume control solenoid valve
- EGR temperature sensor and circuit

Possible solution
- Repair EGR harness or connector
- Replaced EGR volume control solenoid valve
- Replaced EGR volume control valve
When is the code detected?
- An improper voltage signal is sent to ECM through the valve


Hope helps.

Mar 06, 2011 | 2005 Dodge Ram

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Check enegine light stay s on all the time, here are the codes im getting, if someone could tell me how to fix these that would be great. p0155 p0141 p0136 p0443 p1451 p0135 p0161 p1409


P0155: O2 Sensor heater Circuit Malfunction (bank2 ) Sensor 1.

P0141: O2 Sensor heater Circuit Malfunction (bank1 ) Sensor 2.

P0135: O2 Sensor heater Circuit Malfunction (bank1,Sensor1)

P0136: O2 Sensor Circuit Low voltage (bank1) Sensor 2.

P0443 : Evaporative Emission control System Purge control valve.

P1451: Eavporative Control System Canister vent solenoid Circuit Malfunction.

P0161: O2 Sensor Circuit Low voltage (bank2,Sensor2)

P1409: Electronic Vacuum Regulator (EVR) control circuit malfunction.

change the O2 sensors first,Then check the the EGR Vacuum regulator for any Malfunction. Good luck

Jan 14, 2011 | Ford Mustang Cars & Trucks

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I have no gears forward or reverse. My Vehicle is a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Hemi with 170,000 on the clock. Fluid is clean and full with no leaks. I have the following trouble codes:...


Your scanner will give you the code but it will not tell you how to fix your vehicle. Scanners basically tell you what systems to check or what systems are failing.

These are what your codes mean:

P0700: Transmission Control Module
- Shorted or open circuit within transmission control module (TCM)
- Failure of transaxle control module. This is just a informative code.

P0734: Gear ratio error in 4th gear
- Low transmission fluid level
- Dirty transmission fluid
- Shift solenoids
- Transmission mechanical problems
- Transmission hydraulic control circuit

P0732: Gear ratio error in 2nd gear
- Low transmission fluid level
- Dirty transmission fluid
- Shift solenoids
- Transmission mechanical problems
- Transmission hydraulic control circuit

P0731: Gear ratio error in 1st gear
- Low transmission fluid level
- Dirty transmission fluid
- Shift solenoids
- Transmission mechanical problems
- Transmission hydraulic control circuit

P0871: Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor Switch C

P0876: Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor Switch D

Emissions Codes:

P0400: Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Malfunction
- Harness or connectors (EGR volume control valve circuit is open or shorted.)
- EGR volume control valve stuck closed
- EGR volume control solenoid valve
- Dead (Weak) battery
- EGR temperature sensor and circuit
- EGR Valve

How to fix :
- Clean EGR Valve
- Repair EGR harness or connector
- Replaced EGR volume control solenoid valve
- Replaced EGR volume control valve

P0440: EVAP Emission Control System Malfunction
- Missing Fuel cap
- Incorrect fuel filler cap used
- Fuel filler cap remains open or fails to close
- Foreign matter caught in fuel filler cap
- Incorrect fuel tank vacuum relief valve

How to fix:
- Retight or replaced fuel tank filler cap
- Replaced damage or leaking EVAP canister

P0456: EVAP Control System Leak Detected (Very Small Leak)
- Missing Fuel cap
- Incorrect fuel filler cap used
- Fuel filler cap remains open or fails to close
- Foreign matter caught in fuel filler cap
- Incorrect fuel tank vacuum relief valve

How to fix:
- Retight or replaced fuel tank filler cap
- Replaced damage or leaking EVAP canister

P0441: EVAP Emission Control System Incorrect Purge
- Missing Fuel cap
- Incorrect fuel filler cap used
- Fuel filler cap remains open or fails to close
- Foreign matter caught in fuel filler cap
- Incorrect fuel tank vacuum relief valve

How to fix:
- Retight or replaced fuel tank filler cap
- Replaced damage or leaking EVAP canister

Based on the info check your EVAP system. I would check for leaks and maybe replace the EGR and the canister.

For the transmission check the TCM also you may need to take it to a mechanic though.

Hope this helps a little.

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Dec 31, 2010 | Dodge Pickup Cars & Trucks

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What does code p0404 mean on a 2005 chrystler pacifica?


P0404 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance OBD-II Trouble Code Technical Description

Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance
What does that mean?

The EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system's purpose is to redirect exhaust gas back into the cylinders. Since exhaust gas is inert, it displaces oxygen and fuel, thereby lowering cylinder temps, which, in turn, lowers oxides of nitrogen emissions. For that reason it needs to be carefully metered into the cylinders (via the EGR valve) so as not to adversely affect the engine's performance. (Too much EGR and the engine won't idle).
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If you have a P0404, then the EGR valve is likely an electrically controlled EGR valve instead of a vacuum controlled EGR valve. Also, the valve will usually have a feedback system built into it that informs the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) what position the valve is in; open, closed, or somewhere in between. The PCM needs to know this to determine whether or not the valve is operating as needed. If the PCM determines that the valve should be operating, but the feedback circuit shows that the valve is not open, this code will set. Or if the PCM determines the valve should be closed but the feedback signal indicates that the valve is open, this code will set.
Symptoms

There may be no symptoms of a P0404 DTC other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) or check engine light. However, Exhaust Gas Recirculation systems are inherently problematic due to carbon buildup in the intake manifold, etc. This normal buildup can lodge in an EGR valve, holding it open when it should be closed. If this is the case, the engine may idle rough, or not at all. If the valve has failed and is NOT opening, then symptoms would be higher combustion temps and as a result, higher Nox emissions. But the latter symptoms aren't going to be noticeable to a driver.
Causes

Usually this code points to either carbon buildup or a bad EGR valve. However that doesn't rule out the following:

  • Open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit
  • Open or short in the ground circuit
  • Open or short in the PCM controlled voltage circuit
  • Bad PCM (less likely)
Possible Solutions
  1. Using a scan tool command the EGR valve to open while watching the actual EGR position (it will probably be labeled "desired EGR" or something similar). The actual EGR position should be very close to the "desired" EGR position. If it is, then the problem is likely intermittent. It may have been a lodged piece of carbon that has since dislodged, or it could be a bad EGR valve winding that intermittently opens or shorts as the valve temperature changes.
  2. If the EGR "desired" position is not close to the "actual" position, then unplug the EGR sensor. Check for a good 5 Volt reference voltage to the connector. If it doesn't show a reference voltage, repair an open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit.
  3. If there is a 5 volt reference voltage, activate the EGR with the scanner, monitor the EGR ground circuit with a DVOM (Digital Volt/Ohm meter). It should indicate a good ground. If it doesn't then repair the ground circuit.
  4. If there is a good ground, then check the control circuit. It should indicate voltage that varies according to the percentage that the EGR is open. As it's open more, the voltage should increase accordingly. If it does, then replace the EGR valve.
  5. If the voltage doesn't increase incrementally, then repair open or short in EGR control circuit.

Nov 22, 2010 | Chrysler Pacifica Cars & Trucks

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Loss of power, hesitation, ODBC II error code P0404, SES light come on sometimes


P0404 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance OBD-II Trouble Code Technical Description

Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance
What does that mean?The EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system's purpose is to redirect exhaust gas back into the cylinders. Since exhaust gas is inert, it displaces oxygen and fuel, thereby lowering cylinder temps, which, in turn, lowers oxides of nitrogen emissions. For that reason it needs to be carefully metered into the cylinders (via the EGR valve) so as not to adversely affect the engine's performance. (Too much EGR and the engine won't idle).
If you have a P0404, then the EGR valve is likely an electrically controlled EGR valve instead of a vacuum controlled EGR valve. Also, the valve will usually have a feedback system built into it that informs the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) what position the valve is in; open, closed, or somewhere in between. The PCM needs to know this to determine whether or not the valve is operating as needed. If the PCM determines that the valve should be operating, but the feedback circuit shows that the valve is not open, this code will set. Or if the PCM determines the valve should be closed but the feedback signal indicates that the valve is open, this code will set.
SymptomsThere may be no symptoms of a P0404 DTC other than the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) or check engine light. However, Exhaust Gas Recirculation systems are inherently problematic due to carbon buildup in the intake manifold, etc. This normal buildup can lodge in an EGR valve, holding it open when it should be closed. If this is the case, the engine may idle rough, or not at all. If the valve has failed and is NOT opening, then symptoms would be higher combustion temps and as a result, higher Nox emissions. But the latter symptoms aren't going to be noticeable to a driver.
CausesUsually this code points to either carbon buildup or a bad EGR valve. However that doesn't rule out the following:

  • Open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit
  • Open or short in the ground circuit
  • Open or short in the PCM controlled voltage circuit
  • Bad PCM (less likely)
Possible Solutions
  1. Using a scan tool command the EGR valve to open while watching the actual EGR position (it will probably be labeled "desired EGR" or something similar). The actual EGR position should be very close to the "desired" EGR position. If it is, then the problem is likely intermittent. It may have been a lodged piece of carbon that has since dislodged, or it could be a bad EGR valve winding that intermittently opens or shorts as the valve temperature changes.
  2. If the EGR "desired" position is not close to the "actual" position, then unplug the EGR sensor. Check for a good 5 Volt reference voltage to the connector. If it doesn't show a reference voltage, repair an open or short in the 5 Volt reference circuit.
  3. If there is a 5 volt reference voltage, activate the EGR with the scanner, monitor the EGR ground circuit with a DVOM (Digital Volt/Ohm meter). It should indicate a good ground. If it doesn't then repair the ground circuit.
  4. If there is a good ground, then check the control circuit. It should indicate voltage that varies according to the percentage that the EGR is open. As it's open more, the voltage should increase accordingly. If it does, then replace the EGR valve.
  5. If the voltage doesn't increase incrementally, then repair open or short in EGR control circuit.

Oct 22, 2010 | 2001 Oldsmobile Alero

1 Answer

Get a p1400 code check engine light


P1400 - DPFE (Differential Pressure Feedback Electronic) Sensor circuit Low Voltage

The DPFE sensor is usually not hard to change. There are 2 small rubber hoses that run from the EGR tube to it...

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Replace DPFE sensor, reset engine fault codes. The Ford one is a good one and rockauto.com carries Airtex. Sometimes I hear that this change always need replace EGR valve to delet all codes. Test it.

Good luck.

Jul 07, 2010 | 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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I replaced my egr valve on my 2001 chevy venture 1 1/2 yrs ago,


I found an answer that worked for me here. (I have a 2001 Chevy Venture.) http://www.fixya.com/cars/t4093012-code_p1404_dodge_ram_1500_meanIn case links are not allowed, here's the text:That code is the EGR. I'd start by checking for a bad connection on the EGR plug-in. Pull the connector off and inspect each individual terminal inside the plug and the connector pins inside the EGR valve.
I found this solution at another forum on this issue. It worked on my 2001 Grand Am:

"Many GM built cars have a tendency to have the 'Check Engine Soon' light come on as a result of DTC code P1404. P1404 is described as EGR valve pintle stuck open, which in most cases is a false alarm. I had this happen with my '01 Grand Am. A little bit surfing on internet reveals that GM has a solution for the problem, a re-flash for the car's computer.

A software re-flash as a fix kind of indicates that the vehicles with this problem were built with it but I don't think GM will be re-flashing cars outside warranty for free. They will want their $100 for it.

Some hands on people I found had purchased a new EGR valve and changed it but the problem remained.

Possible reason (very likely) for the false P1404 code is that the plastic piston of the EGR valve position instrument (LVDT?) wears over time and starts reading a different position at valve closed than what it was when the EGR valve was first installed.

When the car was built and the computer circuits energized for the first time the computer learned the EGR valve closed position signal from the valve position instrument that is built on top of the valve itself. Over time, when the instrument wears, a slightly different signal is sent to the computer and when it differs enough from the 'Valve Closed Signal', that the computer had learned, the trouble code P1404 is set and the 'Service Engine Soon' light comes on.

Replacing the EGR valve with a new one does not necessarily fix this problem because the 'Valve Closed Signal' between valves is slightly different and it is just pure luck if your new valve would give a 'Valve Closed Signal' close enough to your original valve's signal not to set the trouble code. This is why the new EGR valve 'Valve Closed Signal' must be re-learned by the computer.

So, what this all means is that if the P1404 is a false code meaning that the valve pintle is not stuck open, then new 'Valve Closed Signal' can be re-learned by the computer using the old valve.

For fixing this problem the tool you need to have is a simple OBD II code scanner that can be used to erase trouble codes. There are many scanners of different price range on the market. I purchased one from AutoZone for about $90.

A code scanner is a very handy tool to have and I recommend everybody who is just slightly hands on type of a person to get one. It will end up saving a lot of money over time.

The fix goes like this:

1. Disconnect the wire harness from the EGR valve.

2. Turn key ON and erase the trouble code(s) from the car's computer AND TURN KEY OFF IMMEDIATELY WHEN THE SCANNER SAYS CODES HAVE BEEN ERASED. DO NOT TURN KEY ON BEFORE YOU RE-CONNECT EGR WIRE HARNESS.

3. Re-connect EGR wire harness and your problem should be fixed.

Mar 27, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Venture

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