i have a problem i haven't been able to diagnose. i've got a '94
Lesabre with the L series 3800 that keeps setting an OBD1 code of 401
"Delta RPM linear egr flow failure" code i read off with the Diacom
i have replaced the EGR valve twice, the last time switching with
another 3800 engine's new EGR valve that doesn't set codes. the valve
the code will set after about 150 miles of continuous driving, then
the idle will be rough until i disconnect the egr valve, then the idle
smooths. the code is not set with short trip driving-- just a long
when i clear the code, it will remain off until another long jaunt.
no other codes are ever set. new plug wires, coils, ECM connector
cleaned with DeOxit and manually re-inserted several times. EGR
passages are clear. i'm puzzled.
so. i am assuming the 'test' the ECM runs thru to check the operation
of the EGR valve is some how telling the system the EGR is bad. does
the ECM check for an RPM drop after activation of the EGR? what else
could cause the 401 code to be set assuming the EGR valve itself is
any help appreciated!