Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Ruined the charcoal canister, can I fix the problem?

asked by on

The charcoal canister that is part of the emissions system in my 2007 Toyota Tundra is surprisingly expensive to replace. Fuel got into mine and ruined it at only 35,000 miles. I worry that the issue lies with how Toyota mounted this part. Is there any way for me to move it and somehow prevent fuel from getting into the charcoal canister?

Your question as to whether you can move it, I would answer no. I don’t recommend moving it, since it’s designed to work from it’s location. The matter of there being a way to prevent fuel from getting into it is well within your means. The most common reason for fuel entering the canister is to not top off your fuel when filling your tank. Many people see this recommendation and ignore it to get as much fuel in their tank as possible. However when you do this, fuel goes down the vent tube into the canister and can eventually damage it. So, after replacing your charcoal canister, my recommendation is for you to refrain from topping off your tank when you fill up.

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

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: My 06 Tundra SR5 V8 starts and immediatly dies?

Hi there: If you've removed the air intake housing and are attempting to start the engine without it being fully installed; it will die as you've described. If everything is assembled and all sensors are attached; then you might have...

Q: Key keeps getting locked in the ignition.

Your security system is in need of service. There are sensors that detect whether or not the vehicle is being stolen or not. When one of these sensors has a fault often times the car cannot be started because the...

Q: Why Is it so Important That a Car Passes Emissions Testing?

Emissions testing provides several very useful functions for our daily lives. The combustion gases that come out of the tailpipes of our vehicles are comprised of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2), and oxygen...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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...