EGR SYSTEM CAUSING CHECK ENGINE LIGHT GLOW

  • Tiny
  • GM Driver
  • 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • automatic
  • 146,800 miles

My Check engine light is glowing on my 1997 Olds Cutlass Supreme with 3100 V-6 engine. I scanned it with the reader and it shows P0401, EGR restricted flow. Should I replace the EGR valve? A mechanic told me the EGR passages in the intake manifold need cleaning. Which fix is better? Thanks for any advice.

Stephen

Boston, MA.

Friday, November 26th, 2010 AT 10:34 PM

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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Remove the EGR and clean both the EGR and the intake. Carbon builds up there and causes problems. While the EGR is off, clean it and check to make sure it is working.

Let me know what you find.

Joe

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Friday, November 26th, 2010 AT 11:58 PM
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  • hmac300
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Well cleaning the passages with a wire broush and cleaningtheEGR is cheaper and may fix it. If not you may have to replace the egr and clean the passages anyhow. Use a small pic/screwdriver to clean the EGR. Make sure not to damage the pintle valve

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Friday, November 26th, 2010 AT 11:59 PM

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