P0403 is a very common trouble code. It is a generic code, which means that it has the same meaning for the Audi Q2 as it would any other vehicle. It affects the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation System and technically means:
P0403: EGR→ Circuit Malfunction
A circuit malfunction implies that there is a wiring problem coming to or from the EGR system. That does not rule out the EGR solenoid itself. We’ll go into the most common symptoms and causes of P403 directly below.
As far as the average do it yourselfer being able to diagnose the cause of this code, it can be tricky since a good vehicle scanner and Ohm-meter can make the job a heck of a lot easier.
P0403 Symptoms: Audi Q2
Most of the time, there will be no noticeable symptoms accompanied with P0403, with the exception of the service engine soon light itself.
While not typical for any other symptoms to show with the P0403, it is possible that the Q2 will misfire if the EGR system is stuck open.
The issues that are going to cause P0403 are going to have to do with the EGR solenoid, or the wiring going to or from it. While it is possible for something else to cause P0403, these are far and away the most likely reasons for the code to populate
Bad EGR Solenoid
There’s going to be two issues that would cause the EGR solenoid not to operate, the solenoid itself, and the wiring going to it.
The EGR solenoid itself is often the cause of P0403. It can be checked with a good OBDII scanner and Ohm meter.
With the scanner, you’d want to command the EGR solenoid to operate. With the ohm meter hooked up, you should see movement on the gauge. If it’s not getting a signal, move on to the section directly below.
This video below is a great resource that’ll help you through the process of testing different EGR types.
If the EGR solenoid is getting the proper signal, it’ll be time to check it for a blockage. They can get really dirty over the years. If it gets stuck open or closed it can provide too much resistance to the ECM/PCM and throw the P0403 code.
Wiring Harness Issues
If the OHM test fails, it’s time to trace the problem through the wiring harness. The PCM/ECM uses the ground signal to control the EGR solenoid. You’ll need to trace the wiring problem. Here are the most common issues:
- Harness Connector(s)– Due to the heat that the EGR solenoid connector has to deal with, they can often degrade as they age. Make sure that the connection is still making good contact with the EGR solenoid. There are pins in the harness that need to make a solid connection. Look to make sure
- Damage– If the wiring harness gets cut or spliced, it’ll no longer be able to carry a signal.
- Water Damage– If the engine has been exposed to a decent amount of water, it can throw this code.
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