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Seuz

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#182
Apr 20, 2010
 
I was just told by my Toyota dealership that I needed a charcoal canister & it would cost over $500.00 and 3 1/2 hours to repair it! A independant mechanic said they could fix it for alot less and thought the dealership rips off women! Any thoughts from anyone?
Seuz

Kearny, NJ

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#183
Apr 20, 2010
 
I was told if I don't replace the charcoal canister the engine will blow up! Does anyone know if this is true?
liner

Elmont, NY

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#184
Apr 21, 2010
 
Seuz wrote:
I was told if I don't replace the charcoal canister the engine will blow up! Does anyone know if this is true?
LOL! Who told you that, the dealer?
Mike D

Plainfield, NJ

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#185
May 3, 2010
 
I have a 2000 Toyota Avalon and the check engine light went on this weekend. I brought it in to the dealer this morning, was told it was the charcoal canister and wanted $650 to replace it. I said thank you and left - now I want to research and see if it can be replaced by self. If not I'll check with an independent and see if they can do it for less.
Tonia

Lake Saint Louis, MO

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#186
May 20, 2010
 
Paulb wrote:
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.
This must be a problem with Toyotas because I'm having the same issue with my 2004 Toyota but they have diagnosed it 3 times as the gas camp at 3 different places; so now I'm taking it back tomorrow to see what it really is and it is problem the same problem.
Mrs Foley

Brockton, MA

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#187
May 24, 2010
 
My 2006 scion xa (17,264 miles) failed emissions with all the 5 codes listed in the TSB. Took it to the dealer with failed inspection report & TSB. Charge to dianose $104.00. Problem: charcoal cannister with a cost for part: &761.00. I had to decline because of finances. I have til the end of this month to drive cuz the R sticker will be up.
jackie wagner

Tucson, AZ

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#188
Jun 4, 2010
 
Geeze, we're having the same problem. 2003 toyota corolla with charcoal canister issues. They want to charge us over 500.00 so we decided to research it further befor fixing it. What a pain. Looks like it's not that is to DIY so we'll probably wind up paying it. sure wish they'd issue a recall with this many people having problems.
liner

Bronx, NY

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#189
Jun 6, 2010
 
jackie wagner wrote:
Geeze, we're having the same problem. 2003 toyota corolla with charcoal canister issues. They want to charge us over 500.00 so we decided to research it further befor fixing it. What a pain. Looks like it's not that is to DIY so we'll probably wind up paying it. sure wish they'd issue a recall with this many people having problems.
That's a common problem with Toyotas. Stay away from the dealer and find an independent shop.
DobroJimbo

Pembroke, GA

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#190
Jul 1, 2010
 
2004 Toyota Corolla charcoal canister problem. Check engine light came on. Went to Toyota dealer. They checked it for $128 and said my gas cap might be loose, and I might have a slight evap leak.

They reset the code. By the time I got home light was on again. Called Toyota dealer. They said bring it in for further testing. Said carcoal canister might be bad. Could cost upwards of $800.

Toyota Corolla was supposed to be my purchase of a lifetime. Toyota Corolla is a piece of crap. I find out now that Thousands of people have the same problem. Toyota should be banned from selling autos in the US.
liner

Elmont, NY

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#191
Jul 1, 2010
 
DobroJimbo wrote:
2004 Toyota Corolla charcoal canister problem. Check engine light came on. Went to Toyota dealer. They checked it for $128 and said my gas cap might be loose, and I might have a slight evap leak.
They reset the code. By the time I got home light was on again. Called Toyota dealer. They said bring it in for further testing. Said carcoal canister might be bad. Could cost upwards of $800.
Toyota Corolla was supposed to be my purchase of a lifetime. Toyota Corolla is a piece of crap. I find out now that Thousands of people have the same problem. Toyota should be banned from selling autos in the US.
Could be the canister, but why not try the simple approach first, buy a new gas cap(from Toyota, not a "fitzall")and make sure you turn it several clicks(at least 6-7)when tightening. See what happens. Also, as I've said previously, if there's no warranty involvement, don't go to the dealer, find a local shop.
Marilou

Lombard, IL

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#193
Jul 8, 2010
 
Joe Toyota wrote:
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
Took my 2003 Corolla (42,000 miles) in due to check engine light. It had gone on for a couple days, then gone off for a week, then went on again. It had gone on a couple years ago and I took it to Toyota and paid about $200 to replace faulty???? gas cap (The word faulty to me means it should be replaced for free). This time I took it to local repair shop and was told it was the charcoal canister(cracked), they had to get the part from Toyota, and it would be $550.00. I do like my car and haven't replaced much else but tires and now battery, and a few belts but what's up with all these emissions system failures and huge costs? It's insane.
Lucy

Stoughton, MA

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#194
Jul 30, 2010
 
Mrs. Foley in Attleboro: I'm up the road in Stoughton. Have my son's 2001 Solara (Camry) with the same problem. Had to replace catalytic converter ($754.00). Still couldn't pass e-test for Mass. Now showed codes P0440, PO441 and P0446 which means charcoal canister and purge valve have to be replaced at cost of $563.00. I have downloaded some info for mechanic. My son wants to sell this car, but can't sell it unless this problem is fixed. Now I feel that this problem is just a precursor to the "oil gel" thing that is notorious with this model year which results in engine failure and replacement. Toyota issued a recall for the oil gel problem with this model which results in engine failure, but if car is over eight years from purchase, you are out of luck. Well, Toyota is out of luck as I will only be buying Nissan, Honda or Ford from here on out.
Robert King

Philadelphia, PA

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#195
Aug 2, 2010
 
Hey Joe,

Your idea really worked for me. I disconnected the battery for 3 hours and re-connected the battery. The engine light comes back after about 280Miles. I disconnected the battery again for 3 hours. Drove the car for about 80 miles and then took it for emission test. The car passed the test without any problem. I am good for another 2 years.
Joe Toyota wrote:
<quoted text>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....
Robert King

Philadelphia, PA

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#196
Aug 2, 2010
 
Hey Joe,

Your idea worked great for me. I disconnected the battery for 3 hours. After reconnecting the battery, the car ran for about 280 miles before the engine light came on. I disconnected the battery for 3 hours, reconnected and drove the car for about 80 miles before taking it for emissions test. The car passed without any problems. I am good for another 2 years. Joe, thanks for your tips.
Peggy

Mustang, OK

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#197
Aug 2, 2010
 
I have a 2007 Corolla and the light has been on for about 3 months. I finally took it to the dealership and they said it was the charcoal filter. My car has been stalling and then dying. I can immediately restart the car and have no problems. It does worry me though that I may be trying to pull out into busy traffic and have the car die. The cost is $600. Sounds like this is an on-going problem with Toyota. I'm soooo disappointed in Toyota.
liner

Patchogue, NY

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#198
Aug 3, 2010
 
Peggy wrote:
I have a 2007 Corolla and the light has been on for about 3 months. I finally took it to the dealership and they said it was the charcoal filter. My car has been stalling and then dying. I can immediately restart the car and have no problems. It does worry me though that I may be trying to pull out into busy traffic and have the car die. The cost is $600. Sounds like this is an on-going problem with Toyota. I'm soooo disappointed in Toyota.
Peggy, if you haven't had it fixed yet, why not try a local independent repair shop? You might save some money.
Endicott NY

Vestal, NY

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#199
Aug 4, 2010
 
I just had the charcoal canister replaced yesterday on my Toyota Corolla. With all the complaints on this issue, this looks like a recall issue.
liner

Elmont, NY

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#200
Aug 4, 2010
 
Endicott NY wrote:
I just had the charcoal canister replaced yesterday on my Toyota Corolla. With all the complaints on this issue, this looks like a recall issue.
Yes it does. Hence, the deep hole Toyota is in.
Martin

Rutherfordton, NC

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#201
Aug 12, 2010
 
My Toyota service center told me a valve is malfunctioning on my charcoal canister, so it needs replacing, for $460. Where mine differs from the above threads: no check-engine light, but I can only fill my tank up 1/10 gallon at a time! Makes it a pain to fill up, lemme tell ya. Wondering if I should try to find a used canister and get a mechanic to install it. Might be riskier to do that, though... Mine's a 2006 Corolla.
bee

Delta, Canada

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#202
Aug 24, 2010
 
I have the prob with my 2007 corolla too back in jan 09, toyota would not pay for the repair even though under warranty

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