Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How Long Does an Evaporative Emission Control Canister Last?

Evaporative Emission Control Canister

There are all kinds of features built into your vehicle that help ensure that amount of gasoline vapors that escape from your vehicle are kept to zero or a very small amount. These kinds of fumes can be quite dangerous not just to the environment, but to your health. Breathing them in can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches.

The evaporative emission control canister is a part that is used to help limit these harmful vapors. The canister works by collecting the fuel vapors that are created in the fuel tank. The canister is also referred to as a charcoal canister since there is literally a brick of charcoal in it. Once the canister collects the vapors, they are then purged so they can be burned off by combustion.

Unfortunately dirt, debris, and dust can start to build inside the emission control canister over time, which will then affect the valves and vent solenoids that work in conjunction with the canister. Once this happens, the system will no longer work as it should. There is also the fact that the charcoal canister can get clogged up due to moisture, or even crack and break. Much of its lifespan depends on where you drive and how many contaminants make it into the canister. It's a good idea to have it diagnosed by a certified mechanic if you suspect it is faulty. Here’s a look at some signs that it may be time to have the evaporative emission control canister replaced:

  • Once the canister becomes clogged, leaking, or broken, you will likely start to smell an odor coming from around the fuel tank. This will smell like raw fuel, so it is quite noticeable.

  • The Check Engine Light will most likely come on once the problem progresses. You'll need to have the computer codes read by a professional mechanic so they can determine the exact cause for the light to come on.

  • Now keep in mind, once this part fails it's very important to have it replaced immediately. If you are leaking fuel vapors it can make you feel quite ill. If fuel starts to leak, then you have a potential fire hazard on your hands.

The evaporative emission control canister ensures that the harmful fuel vapors aren’t released into the air, and left for you to breathe in. If you’re experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and suspect your evaporative emission control canister is in need of replacement, get a diagnostic or book an evaporative emission control canister replacement service with a professional mechanic.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How Long Does a Vacuum Brake Booster Check Valve Last?
The braking system on your car requires a lot of pressure. The vacuum booster is one of the main sources of this pressure. This booster will take the pressure that...
How to Find the Keyless Code on a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer
Many Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers were manufactured with an option known as the Ford keyless entry keypad. Some models refer to it as SecuriCode as well. It...
P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222...


Related questions

Q: When hot outside, bad odor from vent when on

It is possible that your evaporator may have fungus growing on and it's so thick that the cleaners you are running are of no use. In extreme cases, the evaporator will actually need to be replaced in order to get...

Q: I have a 1986 Chrysler Laser turbo with 13700 miles that failed emissions. Do oxygen sensors go bad from sitting around too long?

Wow, I almost bought one of these new back in 1986. It is possible that due to age, any number of sensors can be bad, even without a Check Engine Light being set. The best way to determine that is...

Q: Heating and air problem

Hi. In your owner's manual, you should find a picture and the location of the fuse panel. The manual will also give you the location of the blower motor fuse and relay. First, check to see if the fuse is...