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Engine ligth p0401 egr valve insuf. I replaced it light still on

My engine was on and the reading came back saying my egr valve was insufficient. So I replaced it twice and my ligth still comes on and keeps saying the same reading.

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Check the two vent that the valve hooks up to are not clogged or restricted they usually plug up with carbon

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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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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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Fault code p0401


This error means Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected.

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Generic OBD Error Code Details for P0401 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected What does this mean? OBD Code P0401refers to
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. SymptomsPossible sumptoms of OBD code P0401
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. CausesPossible causes of OBD code P0401
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 SolutionsIn 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 CodesP0400 P0402 P0403

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P0401 check engine light code. What will fix it?


need to replace exhauust gas recirculation (EGR) valve....code p0401 reads EGR insufficient flow detected .............(so it is probably not opening properly.hope this helps you....thanks for using fixya.

Mar 13, 2011 | 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

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FAILED EMISSIONS TEST P0401&P0420 CHECK ENGINE LIGHT RESETED MANY TIMES WHEN CUT OFF ENGINE LIGHT COMES BACK ON AFTER 5-6 MILES. I HAVE REPLACED EGR VALVE .STILL WA\ONT PASS INSPECTION. WHATS NEXT?


P0401 indicates that the Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected. This can be because EGR is faulty . As you have replaced this then the problem must be with the vacuum line . EGR valve vacuum line which can be broken or blocked. The vacumn ine must bbe checked for leaks or any blocks using an vacumn pump connected the line.

P0420 indicates that the down stream oxygen sensor reading is not steady and it is connected with the code P0401.

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P0401 code


P0401


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.
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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

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ENGINE RUNS FINE. SERVICE LIGHT IS ON AND THE CODE NUMBER SHOWING IS PO401. WHAT IS THIS FOR SAYING?


  1. po401 refers to an insuffient flow of EGR gasses
  2. locate egr valve
  3. with engine running at idle
  4. on the underside of the valve you can access the diaphram.
  5. wearing glove if ness
  6. lift diaphram while idling
  7. does engine stall or run very rough?
  8. if not remove valve
  9. start engine
  10. you should hear a very large vaccum leak and exhaust noise
  11. if either are missing investigate cause
  12. if ok reassemble.
  13. locate DPFE sensor
  14. inspect sensor for damage
  15. inspect hose to sensor for damage
  16. replace sensor
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1998 ford escort code P0401 I need to know what this code is for. Thank You.


This code is an EGR code for insufficient amount of egr. It could be that the egr tube is clogged or the egr itself is bad or there is not enough vacuum to open the egr properly. There is also a sensor called the DPFE(differential pressure feedback egr) is faulty.

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I replaced the egr valve and the check engine light is still on so what do I do the code still says p0401


When you replaced the EGR valve did you check the EGR passage to make sure it wasn't clogged. Since exhaust gasses flow through the EGR passage carbon builds up on the walls restricting flow which can eventually lead to the code p0401 Insufficient EGR flow.

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The DPFE (Diferential Pressure Sensor)sensor is usually mounted on the engine and is connected to the pipe that runs from the exhaust manifold to the EGR valve with two rubber hoses. When the sensor goes bad, the Check Engine light comes on and typically sets any or all of teh following fault codes: P0171 & P0174 (lean codes), and/or P0401 (insufficient EGR flow). Nine out of ten times, the fault is not a bad EGR valve or a vacuum leak, but a bad DPFE sensor. A replacement costs about $112 at Ford, or about $48 at an aftermarket auto parts store.I hope this helps.

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