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Old 08-17-2010, 12:09 AM   #1
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Alright so my check engine light is on...has been ever since I have bought my truck...the guy I bought it from said it was something to do with the gas cap or something. I got the code checked at a shop and they said there is something a lil hose thing that can get plugged or whatever. But I didn't do anything it. I took it to a shop one time and they tried some stuff but the mechanic said his best guess was it needs a new Vapor canister.

Now. I checked on rockauto (parts site of champions!) and there like...50 bucks to replace...I could probably get one at a junkyard cheaper. But I get to thinking...really there just a liability. There a possibility for vacuum leaks and things messing up again and throwing codes...theres one hose that attaches to the gas tank correct? I'm going to pull the bed sometime and check that out eventually.

So my questions are:

1: Is the code I have now putting my truck into limp mode or anything? I do get pretty crappy gas mileage...I can't remember the code...its something like Evap Purge...I'm really not sure. I do not have a code reader Something related to the whole evap thing.

2: If I removed the whole system, (block off the hole in the tank, removed canister and everything) what would the effects be in terms of power and mileage?

3: I know the trucks computer would be pissed at me if I did that, and I eventually want to get a good tuner (like SCT X3 or whatever...the good ones...not just a superchips thing)...so could I get a tuner to make the computer happy without the whole evap system? (And potentially EGR removed...thats another thing that can plug up and go wrong...I'd rather eliminate potential things that could go wrong that really don't benefit me)

Thanks for taking the time to read and any help you may give me

P.S. I really don't care about the environment...and Saskatchewan is not stingy with emissions...I live by a mine that gives out more pollution in one day then my truck ever will in its whole life
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:21 AM   #2
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The code would really be helpful. It is usually the Evap purge solenoid that goes for a crap. Its under the hood on the drivers side. There will be a vacuum line from the intake, to the purge solenoid, then it will go to the evap canister.
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The code would really be helpful. It is usually the Evap purge solenoid that goes for a crap. Its under the hood on the drivers side. There will be a vacuum line from the intake, to the purge solenoid, then it will go to the evap canister.
I have actually taken off that purge solenoid, shook it, sprayed it with carb cleaner, shook it again, and it worked. You may be just as lucky.

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Is this the purge soleniod?

Also...what is this thing? Haha

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The second picture is the solenoid
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Second picture? Alright...I'll try carb cleaning that thing..whats in the first picture then? haha
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That is the PF (Purge Flow sensor)

The diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) associated with an electrical fault of the PF sensor are P1444 (PF sensor circuit low input) and P1445 (PF sensor circuit high input). The DTC associated with an electrical fault of the EVAP canister purge valve is P0443 (EVAP canister purge valve circuit malfunction).
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Ahh alright. Well I'll try carb cleaning the solenoid...disconnect the battery and see if the CEL stays off. If I disconnected the battery it would usually stay off until I filled the gas tank up again
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Ok so I finally got around to this...I managed to wriggle off the hose on the one end but then check out the other end:



Its like a hard plastic hose formed onto the other end...how do I get that off without breaking things?
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Take your GRILL LIGHTER and heat it up! When soft it should slide right off.
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