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#2413 of 2996 2001 Sable P0401 Insufficient Flow EGR Valve Question
Jul 10, 2006 (9:25 am)
I have a 2001 Sable with about 100K miles on it, and it started running rough a couple of days ago. Its symptoms are a jerking motion within the drive train, and sometimes sluggish performance, even with your foot on the gas....
At times it goes away after it warms up, but I have recently noticed it on the highway as well after driving for a while.
Last night on the way home from some errands, the engine light came on...
I had a friend hook up his computer to it, and it came back with a P0401 Insufficient Flow EGR Valve code
I am reluctant to take it to the local Mercury dealer as they have done some shotty work for me in the past, including recently quoting me work that another mechanic told me didn't need to be done.
Any thoughts on what the actual cause of this code is?
Would appreciate any help you can provide.
#2414 of 2996 Re: 2001 Sable P0401 Insufficient Flow EGR Valve Question [swimmer1]
Jul 10, 2006 (11:55 am)
Have you replaced the EGR valve? I mean, not to be a smart aleck, but that's what the code says, and if it hasn't been replaced in 100k miles, it's a good place to start.
Aside from the code, from your symptoms I would think you need new spark plugs and wires.
#2415 of 2996 Re: 2001 Sable P0401 Insufficient Flow EGR Valve Question [doohickie]
Jul 10, 2006 (4:12 pm)
thank you for the advice, I suspected as much, on the EGR code, but have never had this problem with a car before, and didn't know how complex these things could get, I understand there are relays, vacum systems, sensors, etc... involved....
Looks like I'll start with the valve and go from there...
The plugs and wires are a good advice as well, although I've had bad wires before, and it tended to cause more of a miss and backfire, but it is still worth looking into
Thanks for the help!
#2416 of 2996 Re: 2001 Sable P0401 Insufficient Flow EGR Valve Question [swimmer1]
Jul 12, 2006 (4:37 pm)
I looked around in a few other forums on the net, and it seems that alot of people who get that code either ignore it, and just keep clearing the code. Or instead of replacing the EGR Valve they clean it in carb cleaner (making sure not to get any on the electronic parts).
#2417 of 2996 Re: Replacement Tires Turanza LS-T's
Jul 13, 2006 (11:24 am)
I just got rid of my Continental's at 47K miles, loud, hard, terrible when wet.
Put on a set of Turanza LS-T's, best tire I have ever ridden on.
Can't recommend them highly enough.
Check on snow rating if applicable, isn't here in Florida!
#2418 of 2996 Re: 2001 Sable P0401 Insufficient Flow EGR Valve Question [swimmer1]
Jul 14, 2006 (5:23 am)
The two most common causes for that code is:
1 - A bad DPFE sensor (a description of the EGR system is here: http://www.fordscorpio.co.uk/egrmonitor.htm
2 - The channel that goes between the EGR valve and the intake is clogged. The channel is in face of the intake manifold where the throttle body mounts. The throttle body needs to be removed and the channel cleared out. A new throttle body gasket needs to be used.
The EGR valve itself does not usually go bad.
#2419 of 2996 Air conditioner Clutch bearing
Jul 15, 2006 (10:10 am)
Does anyone know how difficult it is and what all has to be removed to replace the bearing in the air conditioner clutch on a 1996 Taurus with 3.0 engine. Thanks
#2420 of 2996 Transmission cuts out radio -- 1997 Ford Taurus G
Jul 17, 2006 (2:19 pm)
Whenever I put my car in reverse, the radio cuts out. It returns when I get out of reverse. Can anyone help?
The car has 60,000 miles on it.
#2421 of 2996 Re: Air conditioner Clutch bearing [jre]
Jul 19, 2006 (7:44 am)
My ac unit clutch is also bad and have not got one yet but I believe that the only fix is to buy a clutch or a whole new unit. The clutch is about $100.00 and the whole unit is about $180.00 at a part store. In either case the bad news is that the system has to be broken, so you will have to have someone recharge the ac system, of course I believe mine was about due for a check up, so no big deal.
#2422 of 2996 Re: Air conditioner Clutch bearing [sph2]
Jul 19, 2006 (4:11 pm)
I have a 95 Bonny with same issue. I'll be doing the same thing soon!
I have 2 vehicles and thought I was in the Pontiac Forum! Sorry!