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Hello All,

Long time visitor to the board, finally signing up to introduce myself. Wasn't really sure how best to post, so I thought I would fill it up on this page and keep it simple. I know there are magicians/technicians on here/out there. (Thank you all in advance)

Bought it used and owned my 2002 for 7 yrs now. 30th BDay present to myself. It is an FX4Level II manual/manual and I added a matching Leer canopy and custom aluminum racks. (no rattling!) I installed a K&N cold air intake, and add-a-leaf spring kit in the rear. Also added ProComp shocks, but they are getting rusty now after 5 yrs of Canadian winters! Same stock 15x7 alcoa's with 31x10 BFG's

My ranger has been all over Canada (Van.Island - PEI). Used hard, cared for and now I have a house and want to spend the summer 'exploring' her. Sorry, couldn't resist.

She has a 2003 engine. Let me tell you a story of an pesky oil filter O-ring...
Never had a single problem. 200kms on body, 100kms on engine.
My summer will attempt to clean/repair/upgrade whatever is needed or broken, or if I can afford to add some bling...
Now...
two weeks ago I seafoamed the intake manifold via the brake booster (used new hose with funnel) and added seafoam to my gastank(same hose funnel). I did not add seafoam to my engine as I want to wait to get closer to my next regular oil change (only 2000km from last oil change). I have pennzoil syn 5w30 ready and waiting...
And I also used prestone rad flush and flushed out my rad/heater core.
Good news- truck seems to run smoother.
Bad news- I got a check engine light. First time ever. (except for pesky o-ring incident) and I took it to my local guy who helped with the '03 engine. He gets back to me and says problem with the EGR. Code says DPFE. That cost me $100. The dang DPFE was another $80

Replaced it myself, re-connected the battery, drove around the block, engine light comes ON again. Bah.
I am attempting to find a leak, possibly a loose wire? Any suggestions?

I figure I will buy an OBD2 for myself. Anybody have one they love? Recommend a brand/model or place to go? I live in Sask, Canada. WHat about online?

Anyway, I finally have a backyard to play in. Canadian winters are brutal and SK is probably like arctic. Rust is ever-present so I want to use my summer to take it apart a bit as far as suspension and exhaust. Anyone ever removed the a/c before? Pretty sure I will need a pully.

Would be happy to hear tips or advice, suggestions, whatever.
Board has been bery bery good to me...
Thank you.
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Welcome to RF!

Have you had somebody read the codes for you?

Look up a product called POR-15
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Welcome to RF!

Have you had somebody read the codes for you?

Look up a product called POR-15
Just to clarify, POR-15 is for the rust, to treat it.


Here's a cheap scan gauge a lot of us bought as a deal like 2 years ago for 40$
UltraGauge Automotive Information Center and OBDII Scan Tool
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Welcome. Congrats on the twin stick in silver. ;-)
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Just to clarify, POR-15 is for the rust, to treat it.


Here's a cheap scan gauge a lot of us bought as a deal like 2 years ago for 40$
UltraGauge Automotive Information Center and OBDII Scan Tool
X2 on this. They now also support metric. So you can run in Kms instead of miles. I still need to send mine in for upgrade. I have been happy with mine and it reads codes.
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Welcome to R-F! I picked up my code reader a while back from Princess Auto.
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Never got a look at the codes.
I figure I'll invest the $$ and know for myself.
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So, I checked that Ultra Gauge place...
I just purchased their EM series w/out the windshield bracket mount. Ships to my door for $125 CAN. Not bad I think.
Seems like a good product!
Thanks for the tip.
Love this forum!
Many thanks!
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The windshield bracket is strong. I haven't had to remove mine and the suction cup hasn't come off either. You're gonna like it.
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It shipped today from Texas.
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So I got my Ultra-Gauge in the mail today. Sweet!
Plugged it in and it spit out trouble code at me! P1400
So, it still says I am getting low voltage to the DPFE. The dang thing is brand new.
So, I cleaned the terminals of the electrical plug-in and the only wires are two little ones that run into a whole other set of cables that are all connected/re-routed with the rest of the electrical components of the EEC/EGR whatever.
So, any ideas? Or should I just clear the code?
Thanks again
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May as well... clear it and if it comes back you'll have to look into it further.
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So, of course, it comes back on again.
Even after I cleared it, the Ultra-Gauge triggered the 'pending trouble' alarm. I love this UG!
So, it says TC1 = P1400
And all I can find for that code is 'low voltage DPFE'. Unless someone has a better guess for the code?
Anyway, truck is running okay, but I do not want to take it on a long trip.
Never had a problem until now. Still have my orig DPFE, dealer in town has one for $90.
I am a bit stumped.
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