p0401. Fault code. Have had the valve cleaned but fault came back need advice? on 2003 Honda Civic

Hi I had the valve cleaned but the fault has come back as soon as i left the garage. I need a low cost option on what to do next. Do I replace the valve?. The car does make a pinning noise and is slightly rough on idle. This fault came after funning out of oil :( help

by in Tacoma, WA on January 13, 2014
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on January 13, 2014
Are you getting vacuum to the valve? Carbon build up in the ports is a problem.
COMMENT by on January 13, 2014
Can I check this myself? As I live close to only one garage and they are charging me and not fixing the problem. Carbon build up in the ports? Is this on the valve? I've ordered a second hand valve.
ANSWER by on January 13, 2014
poss carbon build up in passages or bad valve
COMMENT by on January 16, 2014
Thanks for reply I've replaced the valve with a second hand part. It seems withe the garage did not clean the valve or I have serious engine problems. As I don't think it would take one week for so much carbon to build up the the entrance hole to be almost blocked.
ANSWER by on January 13, 2014
Cleaning the EGR port passages will be required. Also inspecting the operating and resting voltage readings for the EGR valve will help diagnose the P0401 code.