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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.

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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)

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What is the meaning of codes P0401 and P0301


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Hi, I have a 98 Honda Accord Ex V6 that showed the P0420 code and I was told that the catalytic converter needs to be replaced. So I replaced it and the check engine light came on with the P0401 code. I...


The error code p0420 does not rise only due to faulty catalytic converter but may also rise due to one of following reason:

1. Faulty rear O2 sensor

2. Damaged O2 sensor wiring

3. Exhaust leak

The error code p0401 indicates faulty Engine Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve. The remedy to the problem is:

a. Replace EGR valve

b. Repair damaged wiring of EGR valve

c. Clean the EGR valve tubing

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My engine light is on so i took an OBD reading and it showed the error codes P0401, P0420 and P0133. What do I need to fix?


P0401 is EGR valve, low circulation detected.
P0420 Catalyst system.
P0133 is O2 sensor bank 1 sensor 1.
All these codes are emissions related, so i would start with the EGR valve, it's probably clogged with carbon. The catalytic converter could be also, check that for excessive backpressure. The oxygen sensor can be tested, replace if needed. Good luck, i hope this helps.

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Hi there i have 1997 Avalon V6 . the check engine light up # 138 and 401 so can you tell me the name of that two please thnks


Trouble codes are normaly 4 digits with a "P" or "B" before it. I am gonna assume that you meant P0138 and P0401:
P0138 is Oxygen Sensor Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1, Sensor 2)
P0401 is Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected

A code P0138 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
  • Faulty O2 sensor
  • Short to battery voltage in O2 sensor signal circuit
  • High fuel pressure (not as likely)
Possible Solutions Here are some potential solutions:
  • Replace O2 sensor
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for info on the P0401:
http://www.obd-codes.com/p0401

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1997 volvo 960, check engine light on with P0401. These motronic 4.4 do not have EGR, p0401 mean insufficient EGR flow. How do you fix this if there is no EGR?


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

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

Check it and send us your advance.

Mar 02, 2011 | 1997 Volvo 960

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Check engin light code po401 what does this mean.


P0401= Exhaust Gas Recirculation "A" Flow Insufficient Detected
for more info pls refer to this link http://www.obd-codes.com/p0401
this isn't really nothing major to worry about it just a emission code

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I have check engine light on, trouble code p0401, how can I fix it. I'll appreciate. Thank's


P0401 = Exhaust Gas Recirculation, insufficient flow.

I would start with testing the EGR valve and checking the source line for a vacuum leak. EGR may need to be cleaned.

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Based on what the tech manuals say I would change the DPFE sensor for the EGR Valve, careful not to tear the special silicone rubber hoses that go to it from the exhaust, as a Ford dealer tech I saw these codes allot, and the DPFE sensor was almost always the issue or the hoses going to it.

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MERCURY 2000 ODB2 CODES P0400, P00A0, P0401


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