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2001 f 150 code po401

I have pulled the egr valve and checked and cleaned it and the tubes are all fine i changed the vacum pump senor everything seems to be fine pjease help

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P0401 OBD-II Trouble Code - 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

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Code po401


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'sicon1.png & 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

Nov 04, 2012 | 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

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PO401 code car idles fine how do I fix? Yellow stripe hose clamped egr does not work if I put vacuum directly to egr it will work. Hoses look good. I think might be egr solenoid has office inside. 2004...


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

Aug 18, 2011 | 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe

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I have a 1997 chevy lumina. i had 2 coded before, po420 and po401. i changed the egr valve, and now the po420 is gone. i just replaced the egr tube, cleared the codes, and now the po401 is back. car sounds...


Well, the po401 is saying is that the egr valve has restricted flow. After changing the egr and the tube, something else is causing the restriction. a more thorough diagnosis is recommended. The po420 code sounds like a possible catalyst failure or an o2 sensor failure.

Oct 16, 2010 | 1997 Chevrolet Lumina

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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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Aug 10, 2010 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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I have a 99 Windstar 3.8L Keep getting DTC PO401 have replaced DPFE EGR Valve and EGR tube still keep getting Code PO401


Does the egr vavle open ? You will need to use a scanner to test the dpfe voltage when the egr valve is energized you should read around 3.5 4.00 volts. Also you could remove the vacume line from the egr valve and with the engine running you should see around 100 rpm drop in engine rpm at least this would indicate the egr valve is capable of flowing egr gases through the system to the cylinders.

May 30, 2010 | 1999 Ford Windstar

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What does a PO401 means for a 1998 Mercury Sable


P0401 OBD-II Trouble Code - 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

Hope this help to solve it; remember comment and rated this help. TY for using Fixya.

May 06, 2010 | 1998 Mercury Sable

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Code po401 for check engine light


PO401 Insufficient EGR Flow, valve could be stuck or disconected.

It could very possibly the EGR tubes are clogged or the EGR is not opening or could be DPFE; first i would check the tubes on the DPFE and also clean the EGR tubes and egr it self simple brake clean and a hanger can clean the tubes and spray some in the EGR it also can get gunked up and not move properly.

Hope this help to solve it (remember comment and rated this).

Apr 05, 2010 | 1999 Mercury Sable

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Engine check light, code 401 low egr vacum egr


The EGR and the lift sensor may look perfect from the outside but the under side of the EGR valve and the EGR passage (small tube) are the REAL WORKING parts.

The carbon inside the EGR passage tube and the underside of the EGR valve must to clean out.

Make sure you has a NEW EGR gasket before you start the job.

It's a 2-3 hours job.

If you do not clean the EGR passage tube the Nox emission will get higher (check you past emission reports).

Dec 02, 2009 | 1996 Toyota RAV4

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Po401 and po420 (95 toyota previa Van super charged engine)


Check for air leak into system after MAF.

Check for

vacuum leaks on intake manifold,

the air tube between the air filter.

intake manifold vacuum hose.

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clean throttle plate with Berryman carburator cleaner

SEE sample picture HERE
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Check for loose or no connected vacuum hose(s).


Take it for a test drive.


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Sep 05, 2009 | 2001 Toyota Tacoma

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1996 toyota camery code po401


Clean the EGR air passage tube.

Carbon built up is worst inside this air passage tube.

You will need Seafoam or WD-40 and LOT OF TIME to clean out this tube.

A vacuum will help speed up the cleaning.


Please post more information on the comment window.


Aug 11, 2009 | 1996 Toyota Camry

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