P1401 DPFE Sensor Circuit High Input code ?


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My check engine light came on a while ago with a p0401 code for my egr valve. After changing the valve, a P1401 (DPFE Sensor Circuit High Input code) came up. I read up on it a bit but still don't really understand what it means.

Does anybody know what is REALLY means? Has anyone had this code before?
any help would be appreciated.

2002, 4.0 liter V6, manual transmission.
 


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It means the DPFE sensor is full of exhaust coke and needs replaced.
 

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is there another name for the DPFE sensor?
I've gone to 2 different parts stores and called the dealership and the guy on the phone had no idea what I was talking about.
 

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The parts store guys I can understand. Call the dealership back up, ask for the parts guy you talked to before, tell him he is an idiot.


Then call the closest Ford dealer and ask try there.

The long-hand form of the name is the Differential (or Delta) Pressure Feedback Exhaust Recirculation Gas Sensor.
 

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P1401 My Fix

I wanted to add my experience, since this code has been hounding me for quite some time. I tried all of the usual fixes first of course.. Replaced the DPFE with one from a junkyard. That didn't work, code came back as soon as I cleared it. Broke down (figuratively, this never actually rendered my truck inoperable. Even when I had the DPFE sensor completely unplugged) and bought a new DPFE sensor, and those things aren't cheap for a 2000 2.5L. I think it set me back over $70. That still didn't fix it. After doing quite a bit more research, I found that the EGR system could get clogged with carbon build-up which has been known to trigger this code. Just to be completely safe, I replaced the EGR valve itself, the EGR tube, and cleaned the ports they connect to really well with carb cleaner. Reset the code, and bam right back on.

I had already visually inspected all of the wires, but since the code itself makes me thing electrical I decided to go a bit further. I very gently tugged on the wires coming out of the harness that plugs into the DPFE sensor. One came out with absolutely no effort, and another came out fairly easily. I suppose this could explain why replacing the DPFE sensor "fixes" the problem temporarily for some people. Handling the harness when unplugging and plugging it in might give the wire just enough contact for a little while.

The parts store wanted over $30 for a new harness, so I went around at a junk yard until I found one in which I could tug all three wires fairly aggressively and they were in there really well. Unplugged the harness, cut off enough wire to splice it to my old wires, and the problem has been fixed ever since for $2. Well, at least I have a whole new EGR system now! I guess that can't be bad for mileage.
 

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P1401 My Fix

I wanted to add my experience, since this code has been hounding me for quite some time. I tried all of the usual fixes first of course.. Replaced the DPFE with one from a junkyard. That didn't work, code came back as soon as I cleared it. Broke down (figuratively, this never actually rendered my truck inoperable. Even when I had the DPFE sensor completely unplugged) and bought a new DPFE sensor, and those things aren't cheap for a 2000 2.5L. I think it set me back over $70. That still didn't fix it. After doing quite a bit more research, I found that the EGR system could get clogged with carbon build-up which has been known to trigger this code. Just to be completely safe, I replaced the EGR valve itself, the EGR tube, and cleaned the ports they connect to really well with carb cleaner. Reset the code, and bam right back on.

I had already visually inspected all of the wires, but since the code itself makes me thing electrical I decided to go a bit further. I very gently tugged on the wires coming out of the harness that plugs into the DPFE sensor. One came out with absolutely no effort, and another came out fairly easily. I suppose this could explain why replacing the DPFE sensor "fixes" the problem temporarily for some people. Handling the harness when unplugging and plugging it in might give the wire just enough contact for a little while.

The parts store wanted over $30 for a new harness, so I went around at a junk yard until I found one in which I could tug all three wires fairly aggressively and they were in there really well. Unplugged the harness, cut off enough wire to splice it to my old wires, and the problem has been fixed ever since for $2. Well, at least I have a whole new EGR system now! I guess that can't be bad for mileage.

Sending a HUGE THANK YOU for posting this. No one could figure out why this code kept popping up even after replacing everything. Literally everything. After reading your post I ordered a new pigtail from the auto parts store and after replacing that connector the problem resolved. The light did not instantly turn off, it had to get about 50 miles on it for that to happen... found out the first time the light cleared before replacing that connector that even though the check engine light came off there were systems failing to initiate because of the short that kept arcing and blowing up the new dpfe every time we fixed it and it would just clear for one drive and then throw the code again. After replacing the connector by the next morning the code cleared, the systems all initiate now and it passed smog. Drives like its new and I didn’t have to push it off a cliff and get a different car. This problem was driving me absolutely mad because even testing the wires didn’t show any indication of an issue because power was running through the wires. Anyway, I hope you get to see that you saved someone’s sanity by adding your experience on this thread I had done literally everything and then some ... but never replaced that connector and when we were replacing it and cut the wires off the old one, the middle wire just fell right out. Thanks again!
 


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