This car is a hand-me-down to my 19 year old from Grandma. It has run like a champ-but hate to spend a lot of $ on it. Last week the Temp Gauge started running near orange as warmer weather set in. It progressed until it now over heats rapidly and starts to stall. I assumed this was a cooling system issue since it was in a front-end collision about 3 years ago. The radiator was warped but everything checked out and bumper/hood were repaired. There are still no leaks in the system, and coolant is contained- no drips or leaks except through the reserve tank overflow- nothing to indicate a water pump issue. One odd item, when sitting in park, just started up, you can press and hold the accelerator all the way down and the engine will rev and then slow, rev then slow- almost like a governor is kicking in.
Here's the kicker- my friend hooked up his DTC reader and it is telling us code P0401 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected. And no other codes. Now I am stumped- what can this be? My friend says the Cat Converter is plugged and results in no activation of the proper temp sensors for the cooling system somehow. I'm no master mechanic and have no idea where to begin.
have the same problem?
Saturday, May 31st, 2008 AT 1:20 PM