Vapor Canister
jerry

Detroit, MI

#223 Feb 17, 2011
2007 tacoma 80,000 miles, check engin light came on, dealer says needs new charcoal cannester. 520.00 bucks I baby the hell out of my truck this should not have happened. Been driving toyotas for 26 years 8 new vehicals never a problem. As a former auto worker I smell american parts.
liner

Hicksville, NY

#224 Feb 17, 2011
jerry wrote:
2007 tacoma 80,000 miles, check engin light came on, dealer says needs new charcoal cannester. 520.00 bucks I baby the hell out of my truck this should not have happened. Been driving toyotas for 26 years 8 new vehicals never a problem. As a former auto worker I smell american parts.
Babying your truck has nothing to do with this common Toyota problem. Start with staying the hell away from the dealer. You'll almost certainly do much better at a local shop. Ask around.
andrew

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#225 Feb 19, 2011
I have a 95 corolla and i am now on my 5th gas tank this year. It sounds like i have a charcoal cannister problem. Does anybody have advice for me?
Lee

Franklin, WI

#226 Feb 23, 2011
I just bought a used 2002 Camry with 132,000 miles. Drove it the first 1,000 without any problems. A couple days ago I filled up the tank with the engine running since it was too cold. The next day, drove around town and the CEL came on. Took it to Autozone and it tested that the charcoal canister, O2 sensor, and cat was bad. Could pumping gas while the engine running caused this?
liner

Hicksville, NY

#227 Feb 23, 2011
Lee wrote:
I just bought a used 2002 Camry with 132,000 miles. Drove it the first 1,000 without any problems. A couple days ago I filled up the tank with the engine running since it was too cold. The next day, drove around town and the CEL came on. Took it to Autozone and it tested that the charcoal canister, O2 sensor, and cat was bad. Could pumping gas while the engine running caused this?
Yes. These cars are very picky about gassing up. Never gas up with the engine running. Never top it off....as soon as the nozzle kicks off, that's it. Don't put another drop in. Probably wouldn't hurt to pick up a new gas cap, as it may have been dropped a few times. Get one from Toyota, not a "fitz-all" from an auto parts place. And make sure you tighten the cap at least a few "clicks".
While you're at all this, have a shop (NOT dealer) check the filler neck for corrosion, another common Toyota problem. Maybe put a coating of heavy grease around the fill pipe.
Do all this and I'll bet you'll be fine. My Camry is.
Lee

Franklin, WI

#228 Feb 23, 2011
Thanks liner for your quick response. I will try it out since I have emission due by end of March.
jimbo

Santa Monica, CA

#229 Mar 18, 2011
Sprintmom wrote:
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!
i think your being ripped off file to BBB and talk to a lawyer mind yo most lawyers are no good but worth a try
rick richardson

Abbotsford, Canada

#230 Apr 15, 2011
Same problem , 2006 Tacoma, only 52,000 km and they are replacing this carbon cannister, and I'm looking at approx.$700 + taxes at Sunrise Toyota in Abbotsford BC
15 April 2011
No1UNo

Braintree, MA

#231 Apr 19, 2011
So, in early December of 2010 my check engine light goes off for the first time in my 2000 Echo. I go to Auto Zone, get the diagnostic codes, do some internet research, and then after checking the gas cap just unplug the battery. It resets and doesn't go off for another 2 months until February 2011.

Then, seeing this may be a persistent problem, I take it to my independent repair shop that isolates the fault to crack at canister switching valve on charcoal canister. Says that the valve isn't available separately, this is a common Toyota problem - sometimes cased from overfilling the gas tank (which I am guilty of), and it will cost me $580 parts and labor (afte spending $140 on the diagnosis). Luckily, the part couldn't be ordered and I needed my car to drive today.

So, I am going to try the old fill up the tank 3/4 of the way for a few cycles and see if that has any affect. I may even look at trying to order the part and do this myself (don't know that I want to get into removing the muffler). But luckily I have time (inspection sticker isn't due until September) and can think through what I want to do and how I want to approach this.

If you find a good mechanic - a true, honest one like I have, he'll work with you to fix the problem you originally paid him to diagnose and repair without getting into overcharging you for his mistake if you find that the issue wasn't taken care of. So even if I have to have my guy do it, I feel he'll work with me going forward to get to the root of the problem.
Lance

Brooklyn, NY

#232 Apr 20, 2011
I'm about to replace my second canister on my 01 Prizm. First one rotted out, three years later this on is triping my check engine light. I bought it for its quality, quality my ass.
Gman

Andover, UK

#233 Apr 25, 2011
It's not the charcoal canister, it's the vent valve. It's a 15 minute fix if you can get to it. No parts replacement necessary. Some bugs probably clogged up the vent line. There's a great youtube video about it, google "toyota charcoal canister vent"
Katie C

Aurora, CO

#234 Apr 30, 2011
So It worked to disconnect the battery? I have the same problem and really don't want to take it to Toyota and pay huge amounts of money.
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....
T singh

Calgary, Canada

#235 May 4, 2011
with only 25,000 miles and 3 years old, the dealer wants $700 to change the canister. The Government should look into this problem.
donH

Elyria, OH

#236 May 13, 2011
Glad I found this website!!! Saved me $600.00 to have parts replaced with the same bad parts!! DAG!!!1999 Corolla, 108,000m getting CEL....bad cannister...YEAH RIGHT!! Ohio e-check failed first round....gonna battery reset and try again tomorrow. NOT dropping a penny into the car after reading these posts...Let the CEL stay on till something blows up....dont care JoeT.
Harry

Buffalo, NY

#237 May 14, 2011
I have a 1999 corolla with 76K miles. I have the same problem, the malfunction indicator light (engine light) came up few days back. I took the car to the dealer, they diagnosed it due to stuck valve in the evaporative cannister.
Sailu Yellaboina

Cary, NC

#238 May 25, 2011
I had same problem with my 1998 Carolla. I went to autozone. They told me that the need to do smoke test to check the problem. I searched the error codes P0441 and P0446 in google. I came to know that it is under warranty http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases... . I went to the dealer. He replaced The Cap and Charcol canister for freeeee.
liner

Bellport, NY

#239 May 25, 2011
Sailu Yellaboina wrote:
I had same problem with my 1998 Carolla. I went to autozone. They told me that the need to do smoke test to check the problem. I searched the error codes P0441 and P0446 in google. I came to know that it is under warranty http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases... . I went to the dealer. He replaced The Cap and Charcol canister for freeeee.
NICE!!
Jean

Long Beach, NY

#240 Jun 9, 2011
I have a 2000 Camry XLE - 114,000 miles - same problem - needs a new canister =estimate is $650. I thought I was being ripped off by the dealer, but guess this is prevailing rate.
Kristian R

United States

#241 Jun 10, 2011
I also had this same issue with 6 months ago with my 2002 Chev Prizm , which is essentially a Toyota Corolla. At about 120000 miles got the same P0446 error code resulting in needed replacement of the fuel vapor canister. My regular mechanic said it would be $600 to replace! The part was $475 alone. I checked up on this price and the cheapest I could find was $414 from Napa auto parts, so at least I knew it was not a rip off. In the end I decided not pay to have it replaced but I was due to have my spark plugs replaced. So I had that done, and lo and behold no more error light. That was 8,000 miles ago and so far so good. The only issue I have had is around that time my engine started burning a lot of oil. Maybe just a coincidence?
liner

Hicksville, NY

#242 Jun 13, 2011
Kristian R wrote:
I also had this same issue with 6 months ago with my 2002 Chev Prizm , which is essentially a Toyota Corolla. At about 120000 miles got the same P0446 error code resulting in needed replacement of the fuel vapor canister. My regular mechanic said it would be $600 to replace! The part was $475 alone. I checked up on this price and the cheapest I could find was $414 from Napa auto parts, so at least I knew it was not a rip off. In the end I decided not pay to have it replaced but I was due to have my spark plugs replaced. So I had that done, and lo and behold no more error light. That was 8,000 miles ago and so far so good. The only issue I have had is around that time my engine started burning a lot of oil. Maybe just a coincidence?
Outside chance it's an EGR valve issue.

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