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P2420 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Switching 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.
Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Switching Valve Control Circuit High
The P2420 trouble code indicates that the Engine Control Module (ECM) has detected a malfunction within the switching control circuit of the EVAP control system of the engine. The EVAP system consists of multiple parts related to the intake, fuel, and exhaust of the engine. Many systems have a purge valve that opens and closes at certain times to vent fuel vapors from the fuel tank into the intake manifold.
Usually no symptoms other than an illuminated Check Engine Light are associated with the P2420 trouble code.
A mechanic may begin diagnosing the P2420 trouble code by first checking to make sure the gas cap is tightened securely.
The mechanic would then pull up a diagram for the EVAP system of the vehicle in question.
After that, the mechanic would locate all the parts of the EVAP system and begin inspecting them for visual damages.
These parts may include:
Visual damages would include:
If any of these issues are found, they would be relayed to the customer to make a repair decision.
A common mistake that could be made when diagnosing the P2420 trouble code would be to replace the purge valve without being open minded to any other potential causes of the problem. It is important to be optimistic when it comes to diagnosing an automobile issue. The most likely cause is not always the answer.
Considering the fact that this code does not really have any symptoms associated with it, I would rank it low on the seriousness scale. Check Engine Lights bother most drivers so it is still a good idea to have the issue resolved as soon as possible, but this issue is by no means a life or death type situation.
This code would be considered more serious if during the diagnosis the issue turns out to be fuel leak related. If this is the case, safety issues may be present as well as the risk of fire.
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