Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: code p0446

asked by on

I didn't notice I park the truck on a small hill at my inlaws. The rear passenger side was the only side up on the hill. I left it running for about 3 minutes. Came out down his drive way to the next downward hill going towards the highway. I wait for traffic to pass by for about a minute or two. Gave it gas and bam, check engine light came on. Took it to O'reilly to read the code, P0446. It sounds a little bit louder then before and that's from both the inside and outside. My question to you is how concerned should I be to get this problem fix? Will it mess my engine up to no return? Should I stop driving it? For a 1998 4Runner she still sounded good until this happened today. :(

My car has 206000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. A P0446 (evaporative emissions system gross leak detected-Toyota defined meaning) sets when there is a fault detected in the evaporative system. The evaporative system is an emissions system responsible for preventing the leakage of fuel vapor into the atmosphere. This will not damage the engine. However, this will fail an emissions test if required in your area. There are several possibilities as to what set the code, but I would take a look at the gas cap and see if it was loose or if it doesn’t seem to tighten correctly; it should have a nice clean click sound, not a crunch. Other possible faults will require a diagnostic tester and equipment to properly check the evaporative system for operation and leaks. YourMechanic has several available technicians to assist you with a check engine light inspection and provide an estimate and proper direction for repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Driving normal and my brakes start act up first noticed pull to passenger side then petal travels farther than normal

There are several possible causes for the brakes to pull to one side when applied. This could be caused by a sticking caliper, brake line leaking, compromised brake hose, a low tire pressure, a failed suspension component, a faulty master...

Q: Hello, I need to get an idea of what a good price would be to replace my Front Brake Rotor and shocks on a 2008 Chevy Equinox 3.4L

Hi there. If you'd like to receive a quote for the brake rotors being replaced, please click this link and submit a quote request. This will put you in direct contact with our sales team and you can customize a...

Q: Flashing engine light - 2001 Toyota Tacoma

Hey there. I can definitely relate to your frustration. However, one test that might significantly reduce the search for why the check engine light is flashing is to complete a digital scan using a scan tool. Different from a code...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...