Nissan Maxima Purge Valve Replacement Cost

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Purge Valve Replacement
The average cost for a Nissan Maxima purge valve replacement is between $200 and $290. Labor costs are estimated between $36 and $46 while parts are priced between $164 and $244. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

What is a canister purge valve?

The purge valve allows stored fuel vapors in the charcoal containment canister to be sent back into the engine to be burned when necessary.

How does the purge valve work?

The purge valve is located in the vacuum line between the fuel vapor containment canister and the intake manifold. It opens at specific times to let fuel vapors stored in the canister be drawn into the intake manifold and burned as part of the combustion process.

On most vehicles, the canister purge valve is computer-controlled.

What are the symptoms of a bad purge valve?

The most common symptom of a defective purge valve is an illuminated check engine light. Usually, there are no noticeable engine performance symptoms associated with a defective canister purge valve. However, in some cases, black smoke may be seen coming from the exhaust.

Can I drive with a canister purge valve problem?

You should be able to drive a vehicle with a faulty canister purge valve. But a faulty valve can allow raw fuel to enter the intake system cause the engine to run “rich” — this will result in black smoke coming from the exhaust. If you see this, the vehicle should not be driven because the catalytic convertor could get damaged.

How often do purge valves need to be replaced?

There's no set replacement schedule for the purge valve, and it's not a part that fails commonly.

How are purge valve issues diagnosed?

A faulty canister purge valve is usually diagnosed from a fault code stored when the check engine light turns on. The valve will be checked to make sure it's able to open and close correctly. If it's working, the part that controls the valve will also be checked.

How is a canister purge valve replaced?

The valve's location depends on the make and model of the car. Any items blocking access to it will need to be removed. The valve is then disconnected from its mount, hoses disconnected, and the new valve is installed. Any hoses or other related parts should be inspected and replaced or repaired as necessary.

Can I replace the canister purge valve myself?

It largely depends on where the valve is located in your car. If it's easy to access, and you have the tools and knowledge to do the job, it's a fairly straightforward job. Otherwise, let a certified mechanic handle this repair.