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Old 03-30-2017, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default I need help asap with the the charcoal canister

(1997 nissan pickup 2.4L 2wd ) My charcoal canister has leaked charcoal through all the vacumm lines connected to it. I'very emptied the solenoid and that valve right next to it along with most of the hoses. There was a lot of charcoal in the lines and valves. I really don't want to buy $150 worth of parts and I'm just wondering what my options are. Also my mpg since I can remember has been between 14 and 16. I have stock 26inch tires and stock diff with 3.something gears.
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Old 03-31-2017, 02:01 PM   #2
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Try sending david29 a message. He's usually got a lot of spare Hardbody parts.

While waiting for him to get back with you, go to the link in my signature below and find the 1997 Service Manual. The Charcoal Canister should be in the EC section, and it should have info on how to troubleshoot problems with it.
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Thank you, I checked the EC and it says blow air in the intake hole and see if It comes out the other one which it does. My main question now is what parts would be damaged from the coal leak in the hoses. Also, can I empty all the coal out of the canister and replace it since it still "works"?
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can I empty all the coal out of the canister and replace it since it still "works"?
Sorry man. I dunno.
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:49 PM   #5
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I just went thru the same thing..i dissconected all vacum lines blew air thru it multiple times..also shook out any sensors..took apart the fuel vapor vacum control solinoid it was still working but super dirty ended up finding a better one at junk yard.When the canister blows it goes everywhere at least mine did. I got a new canister for a maximum for 60 bucks instead of 140 for the truck same can you just gotta flip it upside down and spend about 4 dollars for acouple bolts at local hardware store
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:34 PM   #6
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I think my next plan is to empty out the charcoal canister, replace all the evap vacuum hoses, and replace my purge solenoid with a new/used one.
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Old 04-15-2017, 12:19 PM   #7
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I think my next plan is to empty out the charcoal canister, replace all the evap vacuum hoses, and replace my purge solenoid with a new/used one.
What affects will it cause dumping out the canister or removing it?
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If you have a 97 like me, the obdII ecu can cause it go into limp mode which protects the engine by running rich (crappy gas mileage)
That's if you remove it. I'm sure there's some way to bypass the codes. I'm just not thathe talented.

The charcoal is supposed to filter the fumes, so I'm not sure what will happen now that I've emptied it. I doubt it will affect anything.
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Alrighty y'all, It seems to be fixed. I know longer have a CEL. I blew all the coal from the evap hoses, lines, valves, and charcoal canister. I'm assuming since it is not throwing a code that it was a success.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:11 AM   #10
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I haven't had to mess with the canister on my HB specifically, but have worked on that part of the system on several other cars over the years. What happens is the foam deteriorates and eventually disappears. that is what allows air to pass through, but keeps the charcoal from escaping. What I've read and done to other vehicles in this situation should apply here as well. get some 00 steel wool. Tear off small enough pieces that you can stuff them into the canister lines. The wool will act as the new "foam barrier" to keep the charcoal from escaping.
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