Check Engine Light Due to Failed EVAP Purge Control Valve on Toyota Camry

Intermittent failure of a purge control valve in the evaporative emission system can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A failed valve should be replaced to correct this problem.


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Average mileage: 137,706 (15,000–276,400)
14 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
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2000 Toyota Camry276,400
Check engine light came on; canister valve was diagnosed to be not working properly - sticking. Mechanic closed valve and replaced gas cap. Within a couple of weeks check engine light came back on. Canister - closed valve part of evap canister. Light came back on some weeks later and has been on and off for past couple of months. New problem: engine seems to stumble (like not getting consistent flow of gas or engine missing) at cruising speed - not consistently.
Codes po441+446.I got these codes one day right after filling up.
1998 Toyota Camry107,500
Same problem here since 2010 please see this web site for the problem on many 98 Camrys built before Feb 28 of 1998 when Toyota fixed the problem with improved part (s) Toyota lost a suit filed by the US EPA that may cover your car. see also the link below.
2007 Toyota Camry200,195
How much does it cost to get this problem fixed
2002 Toyota Camry125,343
haven't fixed it yet, but check engine light is on and code shows error in the evap system. Car seems to run just fine with the error, but even clearing the code, it came back next time i started the car.
2003 Toyota Camry203,000
Evaporation canister valve-engine light on
1998 Toyota Camry120,000
still running with p0441 code 1998 v6 Camry....code came on at has 146K passed California smog by cleaning the purge valve and IAC...engine light went away but came back on again....sounds like a badly engineered evap system...ive hear people replacing full charcoal canister, evap valvs still problem comes back again...had three Camry 96, 98, 97...all had emission issues that are difficult to diagnose...even by dealer...won't buy Toyota again..
1998 Toyota Camry75,000
Maybe 2 times a year the Check Engine light will come on and the code is related to the EVAP system. Just reset the Check Engine and it goes away for the next 5 - 6 months.
2000 Toyota Camry113,500
Check engine light came on do to evp canister
1999 Toyota Camry170,600
Light on and I failed the smog test even though the emissions were normal or better, but the purg valve had failed.
2006 Toyota Camry223,800
Check engineoght came on code read it was purge control valve
1999 Toyota Camry155,000
Takes half an hour to fill a 16 gallon tank, and now mileage is at 50-75% what it should be. Has not been fixed yet.
2002 Toyota Camry189,000
check engine light comes on and we had it hooked up to a machine which indicated the purge valve.
2013 Toyota Camry34,500
Engine light and traction control lights on. Dealer said due to overfilling. Not. Reset it. Now has done it again at 37500. Just after warranty runs out. Took it back. Charged me $80 to reset. Told me its tbe charcoal canister. That i have to pay 1200+ to fix it.
2002 Toyota Camry68,000
It has only been diagnosed -- not yet fixed. Garage gives estimate of $600, which seems excessive. Looking for better solution.
engine light came on, diagnosed at Toyota dealership as a small leak in the charcoal canister, estimate labor time to replace 3 hours!
same deal, check engine light on after motor rebuild.Paid a mech to add a new exhaust system as well from manifold back. reset code,next day,check engine light back on."egr" issue as before.Have put well over 2300 into this car in repairs.otherwise car is in like new has 175k on the od.
Check engine light came on for no apparent reason. I replaced the gas cap, but that worked for 2 days. I changed the battery and the check engine light went out. After about 100 miles it came back on. It has been on for nearly 2 years. That doesn't seem to affect the operation of the car. I am just going to ignore it, unless it causes the car to run bad or stop running. I'm tired of trying to figure out what the problem is.
2007 Toyota Camry116,000
car would not start and keep running. started and died quickly 3 times. Toyota repair shop took 2 and 1/2 days to diagnose problem.
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