Problem Description and Possible Solution
The evaporative emission control solenoid (in the EVAP system
) can fail in areas of the country where salt is used on the roads during winter.
Average mileage: 127,928 (14,100–212,693)
21 people reported this problem
"Check Engine" light on, Evap code registered. Shop did smoke test. Another shop dropped rear suspension to get at the top of gas tank and replace the faulty Valve. This was done 8 months after the whole gas tank and fuel pump was just replaced. The so called Honda reliability cost me $500 Evap/Valve, and $1300 G/tank/fuel pump. Plus $1200 for new front and rear struts. I will not even begin to detail the costs inflicted on (64yr old) wife's 04 Civic with 108,000 miles on it then blew a head gasket.+(etc :-(
CEL came on, checked with a bluetooth ODB reader from Amazon, read P1457. Googled and found likely culprit was EVAP solenoid, watched a ten-minute Youtube video on replacing it, video maker had amusing parrot. Got under car and removed canister with impact driver and if I remember correctly a 12mm socket, found solenoid to be badly corroded. Was able to remove one screw with vise grips, totally unable to do anything with other side. Attempted penetrating oil, vise grips, cutting a slot and using a flat head screwdriver, then cutting an X and using a Phillips, then cutting flats for vise grips. Ended up just dremeling it off. Replaced solenoid, applied some silicone grease to O-ring and reinstalled canister, total cost ~$40 with one-day shipping, just in time for new inspection sticker.