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My name is Alex and I am looking for answers for a few questions, which, I hope, can help me to fix my car problem.
Information about the car:
Make and model: Toyota Camry 2000 CE;
Engine: 5S-FE (4 cylinder in line, 4 cycle, gasoline);
Information about the problem:
Diagnostic trouble code is P0401 â€ EGR insufficient flow detected.
Code itself appears pretty often, but as â€śpendingâ€ť, then it disappears. Sometimes, if I do not reset pending code, my Check Engine light is ON, but after a few trips it turns OFF. It can happen and not happen after slow street trips and it can happen and not happen after high load high-speed highway trip. So it happens sporadically, at least it looks like this.
My Chilton Toyota Camry 1997-01 Repair Manual, as well as many on-line sources, describes EGR system test procedure as follows:
1. Install vacuum gauge between the EGR valve and the hose from the
Vacuum Switching Valve;
2. Start the engine and connect terminals TE1 and E1 on the test terminal;
a. With the coolant temperature below 131F the vacuum gage should
indicate no vacuum at 2500rpm.
B. With the engine warm it should indicate low vacuum at 2500rpm.
C. Disconnect the vacuum hose from R port of the EGR vacuum
modulator and connect the R port directly to intake manifold using
extension. Raise the rpm to 2500 and verify the vacuum gage
indicates high vacuum.
Question 1: Point b... Low vacuum. How many mercury inches does low
vacuum mean here? I have about 0.2-0.3 inch, is it OK?
Question 2: Point c. Port R of the EGR vacuum modulator is connected
with vacuum hose to port R of the throttle body. If I follow the
instruction, throttle bodyâ€™s port R will be disconnected at all,
what means it will stay open. Should I conduct the test with
open throttle body port R or I should plug it?
Question 3: Point c. To what intake manifoldâ€™s particular place should I
connect R port of the EGR modulator? The intake manifold has
a few points, but all of them are occupied with other car
devices. The most easily accessible point to connect EGR
modulatorâ€™s R port is point of connection of MAP sensor.
Should I connect this R port between intake manifold and MAP
sensor using 3-way feature (tee)? I think that due to R port is
connected to atmosphere it can reduce vacuum reading by
MAP and vacuum presence in intake manifold.
Question 4: Point c... High vacuum. How many mercury inches does high
vacuum mean here? I have about or a little bit less then 1
inch, is it OK?
Question 5: I did the following tests:
a. I disconnected vacuum hose from port Q of the EGR modulator (the
hose connects EGR modulatorâ€™s port Q and Vacuum Switching Valve)
and connected this port directly to a vacuum gage. Other words I
measured vacuum directly at the port Q of EGR modulator leaving
VSV hose open and all the rest EGR system components
unconnected to the EGR modulator (and so at inoperative condition).
The vacuum gage showed vacuum from 5 to 10 inches depending on
carâ€™s load and rpm.
B. I disconnected vacuum hose from port P of EGR modulator (the hose
connects the EGR modulator and port P of the throttle body) and
connected the hose directly to the vacuum gage. Other words I
measured vacuum directly at the throttle bodyâ€™s port P, leaving all the
rest EGR system components unconnected to the vacuum source
(and so at inoperative condition). The vacuum gage showed vacuum
from 5 to 10 inches (a little bit more then in previous test a) depending
on carâ€™s load and rpm.
C. I measured vacuum at the same points as in previous tests a) and b),
but I used 3-way feature (tee) to connect vacuum gage. So, all
components of the EGR system were connected and the system was
at operative condition. The maximum vacuum what I could get was
about only 1 inch. So, I saw even small amount of exhaust gas highly
affects vacuum level in intake manifold port P. Is it normal?
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Monday, August 18th, 2014 AT 11:47 PM