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My 96 Ford Explorer is up for it's registration well we thought that it was going to pass because we really haven't had problems with but the engine check light did come on so I figured that maybe it was the O2 sensor.. ha I was wrong! My question is this.. it failed for emissions on trouble code number P0761 ( Shift Solenoid C Performance or Stuck Off) and P0402 (Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Excessive Detected) I have no idea what these mean I need to get these fixed but I can't do it until I myself understand what they are?

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  • iloveham11 Aug 03, 2009

    I had bought the EGR sensor hopefully that's the sensor you are talkin about and I went to auto zone and they said that it could take a lot of driving for it to kick in? Don't understand that? But anyways I bought an EGR valve also so would have maybe help the problem also? Where should I go for someone to erase all codes? Thanks for your help!! Heather~Nicole

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Code 402, I would replace DPFE sensor .
code 761- is transmission shift solenoid related, and may be as simple as replacing a clip/retainer in that part of the transmission, unfortunately basically one side of transmission needs to be disassembled to do so. With that said, I'd have an estimate done at 2 or 3 places including a ford dealer, as it may be related to a technical service bulletin that the dealer should have on record, or could be something as simple as a bad connection at one of the wiring connectors. personally I'd fix problem for code 402, then have them erase all codes & see if it comes back. I suspect for code 761, you would feel some shifting problems at least occasionally for that code. If it doesn't come back, I wouldn't worry about it, except maybe a fluid & filter change if not done recently.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    Actually autozone could have done that, but I'd wait until after the part is replaced, then have it done. That way your starting with a fresh slate. Normally disconnecting your battery for a minute or so, will do it too.

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