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

Toyota Camry Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 140,108 mi (15,000 mi - 276,400 mi)


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.


  • Visitor, , 107,500 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 203,000 mi

    Evaporation canister valve-engine light on

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  •  Rookie

    Codes po441+446.I got these codes one day right after filling up.

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  • Visitor, , 276,400 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 170,600 mi

    Light on and I failed the smog test even though the emissions were normal or better, but the purg valve had failed.

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    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..

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 154,000 mi

    Check engine light came out.

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  • Visitor, , 125,343 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 200,901 mi

    Check engine light on and off. Changed gas cap 3 x in one month because mechanic advised me to but three weeks later check engine light turns on again.

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