1997 Acura CL P0401 EGR Insufficient Flow

Tiny
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  • 1997 ACURA CL
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 188,000 MILES
P0401 EGR Insufficient Flow

I am getting the above code on my car. I know what needs to be done, and would prefer to do it myself, but I currently don't have a shop or garage to do the work in.
So, long story short, what is a fair price for this job to be done RIGHT. The complete kit w/ spacers, sleeve, cleansing of the manifold etc? Does $395 sound about right?

Also, what are current shop labor rates? I know this job is primarily labor.

Thanks guys!
Jason
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Saturday, February 27th, 2010 AT 6:28 PM

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Tiny
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Labor rates and parts varies with location could be $70.00-$130.00-See below


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_egr_7.jpg

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010 AT 6:55 PM
Tiny
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Thanks rasmataz,

I was just going through the records on the car, and realized that the EGR spacer kit was already installed around 80k miles ago. I think that's actually good news.

Is it possible that the problem is simply a bad EGR valve at this point? Would it be worth just trying a new valve at this point?

Thanks!
-jz
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Saturday, February 27th, 2010 AT 7:40 PM
Tiny
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Try cleaning out the EGR valve and passages thoroughly and see what happens
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Saturday, February 27th, 2010 AT 9:17 PM
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EDIT: Disregard this question. I figured out how the valve works. I'll reinstall it in the morning and see if it's fixed. Thanks for your help!
OK, so I have the EGR Valve off. I've cleaned inside the large square port pretty thoroughly. There is another port in the center, that has a hex fitting in it. I can stick a small allen wrench in there and rotate the shaft in there pretty easily now. It seemed to be very tight when I started. It turns very easily, but does not "free spin".

How easily should that piece move? I assume it's like a turbine type system in there, and the rate that this shaft spins, indicates to the computer how much recirculation is going on. Is this correct?

Thanks,
Jason
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Monday, March 1st, 2010 AT 11:21 PM

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