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P0401 has come up again on my 02 ford explorer, this has happened in the past, same code. I have replaced the EGR valvue and sensor, with in the last 4 months. I believe there is carbon biuld up in the hoses to the EGR valve or maybe (doubt it, but a leak) any suggestion on how to get carbon out of the metal hoses, or do you think it might be something else??? The sensor works, I tested it, and the valvue will open and close, please advise

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I would suspect a bad O2 sensor or the catalytic converter is plugging up.

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What is p0401?


Insufficient EGR Flow

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

May 29, 2014 | 2005 Ford Explorer

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Ford e150 codes: p0401, p1401 and p0174. read the more details to see what the symptoms are.


Stop, DO NOT replace expensive parts or O2 sensor! Ford Explorer codes p0174 , p0401 , rough idle and check engine light on. First thoroughly check all of the hoses and elbows connected to the intake and EGR (vacuum system) for splits, cracks, holes or tears, this could quickly cause these codes and fixes for less than $10. Check all connectors and the EGR valve sensor it could have a crack as well, inspect thoroughly because a split sensor could appear attached to the vacuum hoses but hoses could just be sitting there not actually attached due to a split or crack. This was my problem replaced the EGR valve sensor and the two little vacuum hoses attached to them for $50-60 with in stock parts at the local parts store. Took less than 10 minutes to replace and is easily accessible, the check engine light turned off immediately without having to reset the codes by disconnecting the battery, idle became normal and fuel efficiency better. If you have THOROUGHLY inspected every hose, connector and elbow and found no issues, clean the MAF with electrical contact cleaner ( let dry) and clean the EGR with carbon cleaner. A dirty MAF or EGR could also cause these codes to pop up. If this still doesn't work, then consider replacing the EGR, if that isn't it then try the O2 sensor. Good luck!

Jun 23, 2012 | 2002 Ford E-Series

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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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P0401 EGR code In Ford explorer 2002


PO401--- EGR Flow Insufficient Detected

If all you have is an egr valve replace it

If you have other hoses & sensors coming & going from it,
leave it to a repair shop

Sep 21, 2011 | 2002 Ford Explorer

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Ford Explorer : How to Troubleshoot the EGR P0401 Trouble Code


P0401 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected

Possible Causes:
- 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 passage clogged
- Exhaust gas leaks
- Faulty EGR valve

Possible Solutions:
- Clean EGR Valve
- Replace EGR Valve
- Repair EGR harness or connector
- Replace EGR volume control solenoid valve
- Replace EGR volume control valve

Jan 24, 2011 | Ford Explorer Cars & Trucks

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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

Dec 11, 2010 | 2002 Ford Explorer

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Engine code p0401 in 2004 ford explorer 4.0 motor insuficient gas flow detected


p0401 is egr flow insufficiant. check or remove and clean egr and port. and also check the vacuum lines to egr. Insufficient EGR flow frequently is caused by clogged EGR passageways.

Aug 19, 2010 | 2004 Ford Explorer

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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.

Jun 25, 2010 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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