Vapor Canister
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Joe Toyota

United States

#1 Sep 17, 2006
I have a 1998 Carrolla and the check engine light is on. I took it to the dealer for a computer scan and it turn up that this canister is the problem. They reccommended that first we try a gas cap. No help. My question is where is this located? Is this something I might do myself? They want 400$ parts and labor to do it. I just don't know about sinking that much into a car with 175,000 miles on it. This light is going to cause problems when I take it for the emmissions in NOV. Any advice is appreciated....THANKS
Kate

Oakland, CA

#2 Sep 26, 2006
Wow, I have a 1998 Corolla with the exact same issue, just a whole lot fewer miles on the car. Is this a regular issue? Hoping to see if this is something I can fix myself.
Joe Toyota

AOL

#3 Sep 28, 2006
Katie..... I conntacted an independant shop and they said the same as the dealer. In fact the parts are only available from Toyota so they got ya. The service advisor told me that there is about 3 hours of labor involved plus the parts. I'm resigned to the fact that 400 plus $ is better than car payments. I have to get it done before emmissions is due next month. Good luck in your problem. I really have had good luck with this car and yours should last for quite some time with the proper care.
Kate

Oakland, CA

#4 Sep 29, 2006
Thanks,Joe, I guess it is a bunch of money to spend. FYI, My car just passed CA emissions check last
month after the check engine light had already gone on. I don't think it will stop you from passing emisions inspections in OH.
jasmine

Durham, NC

#5 Nov 2, 2006
My 2005 corolla has almost 360000 miles (so still under warranty) and the engine light came on yesterday. I took it to the toyota dealership and they said it was the charcoal canister. if not still under warranty, it would have cost 600 $. part and labor. of course, he blamed it on my negligence, since i had not taken it to the dealer for it's 30,0000 mile check up and the type of gas i buy.(the cheapest of course !)
beth

Plano, TX

#6 Nov 10, 2006
Same problem - quote $782 to fix. My Corolla has 107K on it. The guy told me the only thing that suffers may be gas mileage - the car is drivable. I'm researching a cheaper fix. If I can't find one, I'm taking my chances. The mechanic said if it ever causes a problem, it will be years and years from now. Most likely I won't have the car at that point!
Joe Toyota

AOL

#7 Nov 10, 2006
beth wrote:
Same problem - quote $782 to fix. My Corolla has 107K on it. The guy told me the only thing that suffers may be gas mileage - the car is drivable. I'm researching a cheaper fix. If I can't find one, I'm taking my chances. The mechanic said if it ever causes a problem, it will be years and years from now. Most likely I won't have the car at that point!
Well I took the car to have the emissions checked. It PASSED !!! This is what I did. I disconnected the battery for about 3 hours. This eraced the computer cade for the vapor canister and the light went out. I drove the car for about 3 days with no light. Of course the weather is a lot cooler,in the 40's at night and 60's during the day, which I think helps the gasoline to not vaporize so readily. Anyway with no light on a trip to the emissions testing and yippee... now I can send in my registration with the emission certificate and register the car for 2007. Now for the good part. Leaving the testing place .. the weather was around 70-75 degrees no light for 3 days... the light comes back on.. LOL..... Oh well I'm good for another year....
Paulb

Newport Beach, CA

#8 Dec 4, 2006
I'm a little late on this thread but thought I'd add some bad news. Sorry.
The Corolla check-out procedure for the evaporative canister system is 12 pages long in the service manual. There are many hoses, wires and valves, in addition to the canister.
The canister is located to the rear of the gas tank and may not be that hard to replace, DIY. And all the other testing can be done by handy-man tools. But you need the procedure with all its' images and diagrams.
A good basic thing to do would be to visually check all the hoses and wires.
Ken

United States

#9 Dec 16, 2006
I have the same problem with my 98' Prism. It's basically a toyota corolla with Chevy's name on it.

I brought it to toyota dealer, they told me it will cost $450 to replace it. It's been 2 years since the check engine light was on, but my emission test deadline is coming up soon...anywhere else I can get it replaced at cheaper price?
John Oberg

Lisle, IL

#10 Jan 7, 2007
The canister is located on the underside of the car between the gas tank and muffler. For a novice DIYer, its difficult to remove because you have to jackup the car and there is the rear axle steel support in the way. You also have to remove the muffler in order to make room to take out the canister. The canister is secured to the chassis with 3 bolts. You need to remove 4 hoses and 2 electrical connectors from from the cannister before pulling it out. If you live in the north, road salt causes a lot of rusting on the brackets and bolts adding to the difficulty in removal of the bolts and hoses and connectors. The cannister is made of thick plastic and completely sealed- there is no way to replace any filter element within the canister like some other website claims.
james TN

Knoxville, TN

#11 Jan 26, 2007
2005 corolla, 48,000 miles, charcoal canister, they told me it would cost $353. After reading all these blogs, it looks like I got a good deal. I was wandering, is this a common problem with corolla's, could this be grounds for a recall?
Chicago

Horseheads, NY

#12 Feb 9, 2007
2005 Corolla - Same problem with the EVAC system. First visit to the dealer they said the gas cap was loose, drove away, one day later the check engine light is back on, next visit they kept the car two days, replaced charcoal canister, drove away, light came back on. Returned this time they replaced the ECM, problem and light still on. Okay so now they do replace the gas cap. Ah very good. check engine light is out. Life is good for 7 months, hey guess what, check engine light on. Off to a different dealer, they replace the charcoal canister, drove away, light comes on again 3 days later. Back to the reliable Toyota dealer. Ah this time they order and replace a portion of the fuel line, hum they come out and say the light is still on so in goes another charcoal canister and another ECM. Okay, so now so far this has all been done under warranty. But guess what the warranty runs out in 12000 more miles. Met with the dealer, expressed the concern that the highly touted Toyota Corolla has a big reliability problem. Next step is meeting with the regional Toyota representative. So who else wants to sue Toyota for negligence and false advertising... Toyota who wants to be the number one auto maker needs to re-engineer and fix this problem. So far they continue to stonewall.
jeanne

United States

#13 Feb 13, 2007
we have a 1995 corolla ,no lights for trouble come on but you cant put gas in the tank,it just runs out on the ground,the car has 42,000 miles.toyota dealership said it is the charcol canister and two other parts and the cot is $1,000.to repair.it must be a common problem,and most of info i read it starts around 30,000 to 45,000 miles.we bought our car new in 1995.i agree with the recall.the car runs great when you can get the gas to go in.
noah

Addison, IL

#14 Apr 2, 2007
i have the same issue my check engine light has been on for the past month so i took it to my local mechanic and he said i needed to change the evap sys, so i paid $400 to get that done and after that i went home it was good for one day the next day the light came back on i took it to another mechanic and he said sth wrong with my computer so i took it to the toyota place and tey said the ECM is bad so im paying about $1000 to get the ecm fixed,,what do you people suggest>>> please need help real fast
Sprintmom

United States

#15 Apr 16, 2007
I have 2006 Tacoma, check engine light on at 35,000 miles, two trips to dealer, don't know what they did but repair only took 15 minutes and light came back on a day later. Took truck to another dealership, comes back with trouble code PO46, they say charcoal canister is split open at seam, should be factory recall in their opinion. Repair not covered under Gold Plan extended warranty nor subject to deductible. I had to pay $85.00 for a "check out" fee and had to get myself outta there before they called the cops! Dealer said that "If I had purchased the truck at THEIR dealership he would have worked with me on this costly repair-$570.00 for parts/labor. I refused repair on principle/disbelief and am returning to purchase dealer to try and get something done. I notice that in the Warranty Booklet, that inspection of the EVAP charcoal canister is not recommended until 120,000 miles or 44 months-so why should I be responsible for repair so soon!
Melissa

Downey, CA

#16 May 6, 2007
I have a corolla 2001 (45,000)engine light on, paid $50 auto diagnostic: faulty evaporator canister and was advice to replace it for $400. Coming Tuesday I am going to a Toyota dealer. I do have a certified gold car, and extra care agreement(I paid $850 extra)but I do not know if the part and labor are covered, help?. If not I will probably rather save the $85 at the dealer for another "Check up", buy the part at www.1toyotaparts.com for $180 and look for a cheaper independent shop. This issue of the canister is just another way to reap people offf
Tery

United States

#17 May 20, 2007
2005 corolla - 57,000 miles. I have done the 30,000 mile service. Check engine lite is on and the dealer says it is the charcoal canister.$400 and another 100 mile trip, time off work to get it fixed. There is no emmissions check required where I live so i was considering skipping that repair till it causes a problem other than the lite on and from what I have read hear that's not much. I have been told that when the check engine lite comes on it's just emmisions, not a big problem till it starts blinking. I'll wait till it starts blinking and then take it to a different dealer! This feels like a scam to me!
Steve

Mankato, MN

#18 Jun 7, 2007
2000 Corolla - 50,000 miles. A few days ago the check engine light came on so I took it in to the dealer. I was told that the charcoal canister was getting clogged with rust and would need to be replaced. He said it wasn't an emergency, but something I should consider in the near future. He described how he thought the rust had built up in there (basically a steel connection to a plastic part in a weather vulnerable part of the car)and I decided to wait until I could research the part some more. Judging by the other posts here, my suspicions were correct: it is a faulty design by Toyota and needs to be changed/fixed/recalled. I suspect the only reason there has been no recall is that it is not a safety hazard. I would suggest informing the EPA of the issue, but I fear they would put the onus on the current owner, not the manufacturer. I may inform them anyway, my wife wants a new car soon (She wants an Accord). I don't think it is a scam, just Toyota trying to save a little money on parts at the expense of the consumer.
Joe Toyota

Buford, GA

#19 Jun 10, 2007
Well... I started this thread and as I can see I'm not the only one having this MAJOR problem. Any suggestions on who to light a fire under??? Toyota?? Who in government issues recalls? Maybe we should e-mail the hell out of them about this problem and scam that Toyota is perpetrating on the consumer. Sounds like a lot of carolla owners are frustrated by the dealers just changing parts and then sending the owners on their merry way. Well in my region of the country you HAVE to have EMISSIONS done to register your car...What then Toyota????? Isn't the emissions on the car covered by the manufacturer ???? Any suggestions from anybody???? I'll check back in a few days for suggestions on how to proceed... Thanks to all... Best regards , JOE TOYOTA
nicole

United States

#20 Jun 10, 2007
Joe Toyota wrote:
Well... I started this thread and as I can see I'm not the only one having this MAJOR problem. Any suggestions on who to light a fire under??? Toyota?? Who in government issues recalls? Maybe we should e-mail the hell out of them about this problem and scam that Toyota is perpetrating on the consumer. Sounds like a lot of carolla owners are frustrated by the dealers just changing parts and then sending the owners on their merry way. Well in my region of the country you HAVE to have EMISSIONS done to register your car...What then Toyota????? Isn't the emissions on the car covered by the manufacturer ???? Any suggestions from anybody???? I'll check back in a few days for suggestions on how to proceed... Thanks to all... Best regards , JOE TOYOTA
its not just corolla...i have a 2002 camry that has the same problem. im in college too so i cant exactly afford $500 to repair my car

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