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Canister Purge Valve Replacement

Ford Thunderbird SC Canister Purge Valve Replacement Cost

The average cost for a Ford Thunderbird SC Canister Purge Valve Replacement is between $127 and $187. Labor costs are estimated between $79 and $100 while parts are priced between $48 and $87. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
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How Much Does a Canister Purge Valve Replacement Cost?

Canister Purge Valve Replacement Service and Cost

What is a canister purge valve?

The canister purge valve allows stored fuel vapors in the containment canister to be recycled back into the engine combustion process when necessary.

How does the canister purge valve work?

The canister purge valve is located in the vacuum line between the fuel vapor containment canister and the intake manifold. The purge valve can be either electrically or vacuum operated and opens at the appropriate time to allow fuel vapors stored in the canister to be drawn into the intake manifold and burned as part of the combustion process. On most all late model vehicles the canister purge valve is computer controlled and its operation monitored by the computer as well.

Can I drive with a canister purge valve problem?

In almost all cases you should be able to drive a vehicle with a faulty canister purge valve. In some cases a faulty valve can allow raw fuel to enter the intake system cause the engine to run “rich” this can be noted as black smoke from the exhaust. In this case, the vehicle should not be driven because damage to the catalytic convertor could be damaged.

How often do canister purge valves need to be replaced?

For most vehicles this is not a common failure, there are however some models where the canister purge valve would be much more likely to fail. Valve failure on these vehicles can be quite random with no specific time or mileage interval.

Canister Purge Valve Replacement Repair Information

How are canister purge valve issues diagnosed?

A faulty canister purge valve is commonly diagnosed via a fault code investigated because the check engine light has illuminated. The valve will be checked for its ability to allow flow and seal the canister purge line as necessary. The command source (either electric or vacuum control) will be tested for proper operation.

How is a canister purge valve replaced?

Depending on the vehicle make and model, the canister purge valve can be located anywhere from in the engine compartment near the intake manifold to under the vehicle near the fuel tank. Once the location is determined, any items blocking access will need to be removed. The valve is then disconnected from its mount, hoses disconnected, and the new valve is installed. Any hoses that are attached to the valve, and the electrical connector if applicable, should be inspected and replaced or repaired as necessary.

RepairPal Recommendations for canister purge valve issues

Hoses that are attached to the valve, and the electrical connector if applicable, should be inspected and replaced or repaired as necessary if the canister purge valve is replaced. It is best not to drive your vehicle if you see black smoke from the tail pipe as the can result in damage to the catalytic convertor.

What to look out for when dealing with canister purge valve issues

Hoses that are attached to the valve, and the electrical connector if applicable, should be inspected and replaced or repaired as necessary if the canister purge valve is replaced. It is possible for a faulty canister purge valve to cause excess fuel in the intake manifold, which can lead to black smoke from the tail pipe. Driving the vehicle under these conditions can result in damage to the catalytic convertor.

Can I replace the canister purge valve myself?

Repairing your own car is an extremely rewarding process that can also save you money. But before you dive in, it’s important to be sure the issue has been properly diagnosed. Seemingly obvious symptoms can lead the inexperienced down a rabbit hole of replacing parts that don’t fix the problem. Proper diagnosis can save more money than guessing at what’s broken! If you're unsure you have the right tools or experience to diagnose a problem, consider reaching out to a RepairPal Certified Shop. Take note of the location any components that would need to be removed in order to replace the canister purge valve. Make sure you have the tools and knowledge to remove and properly replace all that are required to gain access. When replacing the valve, make sure all hoses and the electrical connector (if applicable) are sound.

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