Q: Check Engine light on error code P0442

asked by on February 22, 2017

So my check Engine light is on and I have and error code of P0442 and know it's not the gas cap. Would love to get an idea of a rough estimate on this if possible. Thanks in advance.

My car has 215000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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The code P0442 is the computer has detected a small leak in the evaporative system. You may have a leak in the seal of the fuel cap, pressure sensor leak or defective sensor, vapor valves or lines leaking slightly. You will need to have the complete system tested for leaks with a smoke machine with ultraviolet detector dye to locate the leak. You may have a purge vent valve leaking into the intake manifold.

Hello, Code P0442 relates to your evaporative emissions control system. Your car has a small purge valve with a purge solenoid in the Evaporative Emissions system that controls the venting of fumes from the fuel tank as these fumes build up inside, particularly when you are refueling the car with gas. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and temporarily stores the fuel vapors in the charcoal canister. The charcoal canister is filled with activated carbon pellets that can absorb the fuel vapors. When the engine is running, the fuel vapors are purged from the canister and burned in the engine. The vent control valve (solenoid) controls the flow of outside air in and out of the charcoal canister. The vent valve is controlled by the engine computer (PCM). Normally the vent valve is open. It closes when the engine computer tests the EVAP system for leaks. If a leak in the EVAP system is detected, the Check Engine light will illuminate on the dash and the trouble code related to the problem will be stored in the engine computer. When an air leak is present in the EVAP system, the MAP sensor will not be able to determine the air density, and the MAF sensor will not be able to determine the volume of air, entering the engine correctly. This will lead to an over fueling situation or an under fueling situation depending on the size of the air leak and engine operating speeds and load. This may eventually lead to catalytic converter problems as well as misfiring problems. I would recommend having an expert from Your Mechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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