Toyota Camry Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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: 134,144 (4,184–276,400)
17 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
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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.
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.
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.
Check engine light came on. Read code as P0441. reset it but light cam on again in after 1/2 hour of driving. dealership wanted to charge $400 to fix the harness to the purge valve that they said was cut. It all sound fishy to me. Any one have this happen?
After filled up with gas one day, my check engine light came on and the codes were p0440, p0441, p0446, all evap codes. I went and replaced the entire charcoal canister assembly with all new lines and valves. I have also replaced, egr, vsv, and all lines and clamps. I cleared the codes and replaced the gas cap twice. I drove it and codes popped on again. There are no restrictions and vacuum is there. They won't pass emissions test with the light on, what else could it be?
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.
check engine light comes on and we had it hooked up to a machine which indicated the purge valve.
Check engine light on--mechanic said cannister vent valve not shutting completely and needs to be replaced; will cost $500+ labor. Do you think Toyota service will cover it even tho it's past the 36000mi warranty? (still under 2 years old)
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.
Light on and I failed the smog test even though the emissions were normal or better, but the purg valve had failed.
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.
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..
engine light came on, diagnosed at Toyota dealership as a small leak in the charcoal canister, estimate labor time to replace 3 hours!
It has only been diagnosed -- not yet fixed. Garage gives estimate of $600, which seems excessive. Looking for better solution.