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2001 Dodge caravan: 3.3 Code p0401, replaced EGR and sol..cleared code

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2001 Dodge caravan 3.3    Code p0401, replaced EGR and sol. cleared code. Same code came back 2 days later. What now?

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2001 Dodge Caravan 3.3

Already Tried:
Replaced EGR Valeve and Sol.

Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Steve replied 11 years ago.

Here is the diagnostic routine from the factory service manual for this code:

Conditions are met, the EGR is turned OFF and ON momentarily. The O2 Sensor signal is monitor for changes in its output signal during this test. If no significant change or too much change is seen, a flag is set


  • Intermittent condition
  • EGR solenoid vacuum supply
  • EGR operation (closed)
  • EGR operation (open)
  • Fused Ignition Switch output circuit open
  • EGR solenoid control CKT shorted to voltage
  • EGR solenoid control CKT open
  • EGR solenoid (closed)
  • EGR solenoid control CKT short to GND
  • EGR solenoid (open)
  • PCM

It would appear that the PCM determines that the EGR system is not operating by looking for the front )2 sensor signal to momentarily drop low (lean) when the valve is commanded open during the self test it runs periodically on the system. This could also be due to clogged EGR passages in the manifold; try using a vacuum pump to manually open the valve at idle; this chould cause the engine to stall from the resulting huge vacuum leak. If it does not, either the valve is not operable (not opening) or the EGR passages in the engine are clogged with carbon; if so, the intake manifold will need to be removed for manual cleaning.

I hope this is helpful; if so, an accept would be most appreciated! thanks!