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P0405 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) A Circuit Low

If you have a P0405 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) A Circuit Low trouble code, read this to understand what it means

Engines recirculate a small amount of exhaust back into the intake manifold to reduce combustion temperatures and lower smog causing oxides of nitrogen emissions. The computer commands the EGR valve to open a certain amount and then checks to make sure it’s operating properly. One way to check is to mount a position sensor on the shaft of the EGR valve and generate a voltage value depending on how far the shaft moves. If the computer senses too low of a reading from the position sensor, it will set a P0405 code. That can either mean a bad position sensor, a bad EGR valve, or a wiring problem in the circuit. Don’t automatically assume it’s a bad EGR valve.

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