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1997 ford f150 just had egr valve replaced.. engine is hesitant and check engine light is on with error code 401.. whats the prob?

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  • Joe Herrera May 11, 2010

    error code 401???

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Everyone says to test out your DPFE sensor. This controls the flow of the egr. When the codes pull up, everyone thinks its the egr, but really its this little guy.
Take it by a shop and see if they can mess with the bugger. They usually run about $50+.

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Its usually not the dpfe on a f150 or crown vics or expeditions more than likely ur ports are stopped up in the throttle body take the vaccum line off the egr valve pull a vaccum on it if the engine doesnt change idle thats what itll be remove throttle body flip it upside down ull find two small ports filled with carbon

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