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P0499 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Evaporative Emission System Vent Valve Control Circuit High". This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation. Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office to perform the Check Engine Light diagnostic. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
If an OBD-II scanner has detected the P0499 code, it indicates that the ECM, or engine control module, has detected abnormal amounts of pressure in the evaporative emissions system.
The evaporative emissions system is designed in part to limit the fuel vapors from being released into the atmosphere. At certain times, the EVAP system will open the purge valve to draw in fresh air for the system. If the EVAP system has not commanded a purge condition, and detects a high voltage pressure that should not be present in this non-purge condition, it will assume there has been a malfunction in the evaporative emission system vent valve, or its control circuit, and will alert the PCM to store the P0499 code.
The most likely cause of an abnormal pressure in the evaporative emissions system vent valve control circuit is an improperly installed fuel cap.
Other causes may include:
In most cases, the only other symptom noticeable with the P0499 code will be the illumination of the Check Engine light. There are likely to be other emissions system codes stored in the PCM.
After an OBD-II scanner detects the P0499 code, a technician should begin with a visual inspection of all the wiring, connectors, and other electrical components of the emissions system. Any damaged elements should be replaced, reconnected, or repaired. The mechanic should then retest the system after clearing the code from the PCM. If the code reappears, then the mechanic has diagnosed an issue with the EVAP emissions system, and can begin further repairs.
When diagnosing the underlying cause of the P0499 code, a common misdiagnosis is to replace the EVAP emissions system components rather than checking for a vacuum leak or an improperly installed fuel cap. These parts are more likely to be faulty than a part that needs replacement in many cases.
The P0499 represents a mild issue that should not affect the vehicle’s operation. In some cases, the presence of an unaddressed P0499 code may cause a vehicle to fail an emissions test. If the next tune up appointment is right around the corner, this issue can wait to be addresses at that time.
In order to fix the underlying issue causing the P0499 code, a mechanic has several options to explore. Those may include:
After each of these repairs has been attempted, it is important to clear the code from the PCM and perform a system retest. If the code does not reappear, the most recently performed repair was the root cause of the issue. This process helps mechanics narrow down intermittent issues and repair them quicker in the future should the issue return.
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