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Nissan Frontier Check Engine Light Due to Failed EVAP Canister Vent Valve

Nissan Frontier Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009

Average Mileage: 69,073 mi (17,500 mi - 180,000 mi)


The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a defective charcoal canister vent control valve. The charcoal canister is a component in the Evaporative emissions (EVAP) system.  Our technicians tell us a failed vent valve will require replacement.

  •  Rookie

    service light came on at 16400 miles- couldn't gas truck except very slowly- trickle, stop, trickle-- truck still under the 3 yr warranty. Service Center said vent control valve clogged with dust, just over $600 for part and labor since that part wasn't covered by warranty. I'm still driving it, go to a local station with old style pump or use a portable container to transfer gas from pump to truck. Nissan did design a new part. Can the old part be replaced by local human mechanic or does a computer have to be involved?

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  •  Rookie

    Check engine light came on and I was told I needed an upgrade on the cannister under the bed and over the axle. I paid over $700 for this so called upgrade, and was told in the future all I had to do was have a filter replaced. A year or less later the light came on again. Service said they knew nothing about a filter replacement, they cleaned it and said I should come in annually to have it cleaned. Now this light is on again and I want this fixed! We will see what the Dealer has to say this time when I go in?

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  • replaced solenoid valve at ~50,000m and now have the same problem at 114,000m. Getting tired of the same "pricey" fix. It's too bad that you can't even drive a P/U on a dirt rd.

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  • Visitor, , 42,400 mi

    "Service Engine Soon" light came on. Following instructions to "check gas cap, etc.", I took vehicle to dealer who said that the "flap" in the evaporative canister purge control valve was stuck open. Estimated repair cost w/labor was $221.00.

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  • Visitor, , 80,521 mi

    To continue my saga with Evap Valve. Contacted Dealer and was informed that because my upgrade is now showing up with check engine light, my upgrade is most likely ruined and I only have to spend another $745 to purchase another upgrade and this time a replaceable filter is actually available with this upgrade and in the future I will be able to buy the inline filter that goes with it for $76 and rcommend because I live on a dirt road they want me to replace this filter every 6 mo. (or every other oil change) you can expect to add additional $76 to replace filter, in order to stay ahead of the engine warning light! This is their fix, if you call it that.To me that is too much to expect, so the warning is if you live or travel on dirt roads, this rig is not for you!Vern

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  • Visitor, , 63,000 mi

    I purchased my 2008 Nissan Frontier 4.0 new/used. Went down the street to fill it up, 10 seconds after I started filling I heard a gurgling sound. Putting my head closer to the tank to determine what the noise was not the smartest choice, I managed to pull it out of the way just in time to keep from getting the side of my head soaked in gasoline. The purge valve I had shorted and stuck closed. Thus giving the vapors from fill up and or driving no where to go but up and out the filler neck. NOT COOL ! ! I temporarily solved this problem by disconnecting the valve from the tank (OK for temporary but not forever) this enabled me to be able to fuel without back pressure. I purchased a new 911-503 Vapor Canister Purge Valve on eBay for about $50 shipped and installed it in about 3 min. Now I need the check engine code reset, boo hoo.

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  • Visitor, , 74,695 mi

    check engine soon light came on. took to dealer and they ordered charcoal canister and vent valve

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  • Visitor, , 79,000 mi

    Check engine service soon light on error code P1441

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  • Visitor, , 35,842 mi

    Can't put gas in for the past 2 weeks w/o pump shutting on and gas pouring out..
    and when I called Naperville's Nissan Service Dept. YESTERDAY the "BIG BOSS" said he'd NEVER heard of such a thing. Hummmm ~ REALLY?? It's ALL Over the Web

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  • I was pumping gas at a shell station and when I was just about done gas shot out all over me, now I have a check engine light on. Tech did a read out and came up with codes PO442 and PO402? Evaporation emission system leak.
    Dealership says it might need a charcoal canister (price starting at 400.00 without labor, maybe more because they have to run their own computer test @ 79.00). They won't except the free one from Advance Auto. I think this is bullsh...t. This was in Feb. 2014, had light turned off and now after pumping gas again last week Aug. 2014 the check engine lights is on again! I guess I'll have to have the light turned off truck is running great!! (I wonder if this is a factory defect in this model?).

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