P0402 EGR Excessive Flow Dectected

Description and meaning of DTC p0402

This diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a generic powertrain code, which means that it applies to OBD-II equipped vehicles. Although generic, the specific repair steps may vary depending on make/model. 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 (DPF). These things work together to deliver the correct amount of recirculation based on engine temperature, load, etc. The P0402 code means that OBD detected an excessive amount of EGR.

p0402 diagnostic trouble code symptoms

You may notice drivability problems such as the engine may surge off idle. There may also be other symptoms.

DTC p0402 - possible causes

A code P0402 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:The DPFE (differential pressure) sensor is faulty and needs to be replacedThere is a blockage in the EGR (most likely carbon buildup)The EGR valve is faultyThe EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vaccuum

How to fix OBD-II diagnostic trouble code p0402

With a P0402, it is common for people to replace the EGR valve, only to have the problem return. The most likely solution is to replace the DPFE sensor. Check the voltage at the DPFE sensor both at idle and when the EGR is openReplace the DPFE sensorRelated EGR codes: P0400, P0401, P0403, P0404, P0405, P0406, P0407, P0408, P0409

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