Altima 2007-2009

Evaporative Emission Control System

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EVAP Canister



Location

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The EVAP canister is located adjacent to the fuel tank near the rear suspension member.

Operation

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Canister is the primary component in the Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Control System that prevents the evaporation of unburned fuel vapors (Hydrocarbons) from being released into the atmosphere. The EVAP canister contains a charcoal element for the filtering of hydrocarbons, and the filtered Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is then vented to atmosphere when the vehicle is not in operation. The canister also contains a number of ports, which provide for the redistribution of hydrocarbons into the fuel tank when the vehicle is in operation through the purge control system.

Removal & Installation

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

  1. Lift up the vehicle on a hoist.
  2.  
  3. Remove EVAP canister fixing bolt.

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    Fig. Exploded view of EVAP canister assembly

  4.  
  5. Remove EVAP canister.
    NOTE
    The EVAP canister vent control valve and EVAP canister system pressure sensor can be removed without removing the EVAP canister.

  6.  
  7. Install in the reverse order of removal.
  8.  

Testing
EVAP Canister

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The evaporative emission system is used to reduce hydrocarbons emitted into the atmosphere from the fuel system. This reduction of hydrocarbons is accomplished by activated charcoals in the EVAP canister. The fuel vapor in the sealed fuel tank is led into the EVAP canister which contains activated carbon and the vapor is stored there when the engine is not operating or when refueling to the fuel tank.

The vapor in the EVAP canister is purged by the air through the purge line to the intake manifold when the engine is operating. EVAP canister purge volume control solenoid valve is controlled by ECM. When the engine operates, the flow rate of vapor controlled by EVAP canister purge volume control solenoid valve is proportionally regulated as the air flow increases. EVAP canister purge volu me control solenoid valve also shuts off the vapor purge line during decelerating.

Evaporative Emission Control System Diagnostics

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

When testing the EVAP system for proper operation, there should always be a pressure differential between the fuel tank pressure and atmospheric pressure. If any of the tests reveal a pressure differential of less than .02- Hg (.067 kPa/.5mm Hg), the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) will interpret this condition as a leak.

  1. Verify the condition of the EVAP system by performing the following visual inspections:

    Ensure that the fuel filler cap is installed and properly secured.
     
    Inspect the charcoal canister for physical damage such as cracks, broken or cracked fittings, damage from road debris, or rodent damage.
     
    Inspect all EVAP control devices (EVAP and purge control system monitors, controllers, and actuators) for physical damage such as cracks, broken or cracked fittings, damage from road debris, or rodent damage.
     
    Inspect all hoses and vacuum line connections for proper routing and placement.
     
    Inspect all electronic control devices for proper electrical connections.
     
    Inspect the condition of all fittings and seals for damage, drying, or wear.
     
    Inspect the condition of all hoses and vacuum lines for displacement, damage, or wear.
     

  2.  

If any physical defects are evident, verify the operation of any questionable components before replacement.

  1. Verify the operation of the EVAP system by performing any or all the following tests:

    Using a suitable scan tool, perform an actuator (active) test to verify the correct operation of EVAP control devices (EVAP and purge control system monitors, controllers, and actuators).
     
    Using a smoke machine, verify that the EVAP system does not exhibit any physical leaks.
     
    Using a suitable EVAP system pressure tester, verify that the EVAP system is properly sealed against positive and negative pressure.
     
    Using a suitable EVAP system pressure tester along with a suitable scan tool, monitor the EVAP pressure under positive and negative pressure conditions.
     

  2.  

Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010



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Fig. Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

EVAP Purge Volume Control Solenoid Valve



Location

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The EVAP purge volume control solenoid valve is attached to the EVAP canister.

Operation

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Control System prevents the evaporation of unburned fuel vapors (Hydrocarbons) from being released into the atmosphere. The Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Canister contains a charcoal element for the filtering of hydrocarbons, and the filtered Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is then vented to atmosphere when the vehicle is not in operation.

When the vehicle is in operation, the Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Purge Control Solenoid draws the unburned fuel vapors back into the fuel tank so that the hydrocarbons can be condensed, and redistributed to the engine for correct burning.

Removal & Installation

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

See EVAP canister Removal and Installation for the removal and servicing or replacement of this component.

Testing
Connection & Wiring Diagnosis

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

Refer to the Electrical Wiring Diagram for component and connector locations, connector views, and circuit-specific information.

Many intermittent open or short circuits may be caused by wiring harness and connector movement due to vibration, engine torque, bumps and rough pavement, etc.

  1. Test the wiring harness and connectors by performing the following tests:

    Move the related connectors and wiring while monitoring the appropriate scan tool data.
     
    Move the related connectors and wiring with the component commanded ON and OFF. Using a suitable the scan tool, observe the component operation.
     
    With the engine running, move the related connectors and wiring while monitoring component operation.
     
    If harness or connector movement affects the data displayed, the component and system operation, or the engine operation, inspect and repair the harness or connections as necessary.
     

  2.  
  3. Test the connector terminal pins and/or wiring by performing the following tests:

    Inspect for incorrect mating of the connector halves, or terminals not fully seated in the connector body.
     
    Inspect for improperly formed or damaged terminals and test for incorrect terminal tension.
     
    Inspect for poor terminal to wire connections including terminals crimped over insulation. This requires removing the terminal from the connector body.
     
    Inspect for corrosion or water intrusion. Pierced or damaged insulation can allow moisture to enter the wiring. The conductor can corrode inside the insulation with little visible evidence. Look for swollen and/or brittle sections of wire in the suspect circuits.
     
    Inspect for wires that are broken inside the insulation by gently pulling on suspect sections of wiring.
     

  4.  

Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP) Diagnostics

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

When testing the EVAP system for proper operation, there should always be a pressure differential between the fuel tank pressure and atmospheric pressure. If any of the tests reveal a pressure differential of less than .02- Hg (.067 kPa/.5mm Hg), the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) will interpret this condition as a leak.

  1. Verify the condition of the EVAP system by performing the following visual inspections:

    Ensure that the fuel filler cap is installed and properly secured.
     
    Inspect the charcoal canister for physical damage such as cracks, broken or cracked fittings, damage from road debris, or rodent damage.
     
    Inspect all EVAP control devices (EVAP and purge control system monitors, controllers, and actuators) for physical damage such as cracks, broken or cracked fittings, damage from road debris, or rodent damage.
     
    Inspect all hoses and vacuum line connections for proper routing and placement.
     
    Inspect all electronic control devices for proper electrical connections.
     
    Inspect the condition of all fittings and seals for damage, drying, or wear.
     
    Inspect the condition of all hoses and vacuum lines for displacement, damage, or wear.
     

  2.  

If any physical defects are evident, verify the operation of any questionable components before replacement.

  1. Verify the operation of the EVAP system by performing any or all the following tests:

    Using a suitable scan tool, perform an actuator (active) test to verify the correct operation of EVAP control devices (EVAP and purge control system monitors, controllers, and actuators).
     
    Using a smoke machine, verify that the EVAP system does not exhibit any physical leaks.
     
    Using a suitable EVAP system pressure tester, verify that the EVAP system is properly sealed against positive and negative pressure.
     
    Using a suitable EVAP system pressure tester along with a suitable scan tool, monitor the EVAP pressure under positive and negative pressure conditions.
     

  2.  

Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC)

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010



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Fig. Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

EVAP Purge Control Solenoid

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The EVAP canister purge volume control solenoid valve uses a ON/ OFF duty to control the flow rate of fuel vapor from the EVAP canister.

The EVAP canister purge volume control solenoid valve is moved by ON/OFF pulses from the ECM. The longer the ON pulse, the greater the amount of fuel vapor that will flow through the valve

EVAP Vent Control Valve



Location

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The EVAP canister vent control valve is located on the EVAP canister and is used to seal the canister vent.

Operation

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

The Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Control System prevents the evaporation of unburned fuel vapors (Hydrocarbons) from being released into the atmosphere. The Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Canister contains a charcoal element for the filtering of hydrocarbons, and the filtered Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is then vented to atmosphere when the vehicle is not in operation.

When the vehicle is in operation, the Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Purge Control Valve draws the unburned fuel vapors back into the fuel tank so that the hydrocarbons can be condensed, and redistributed to the engine for correct burning.

Removal & Installation

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

See EVAP canister Removal and Installation for the removal and servicing or replacement of this component.

Testing
Connection & Wiring Diagnosis

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

Refer to the Electrical Wiring Diagram for component and connector locations, connector views, and circuit-specific information.

Many intermittent open or short circuits may be caused by wiring harness and connector movement due to vibration, engine torque, bumps and rough pavement, etc.

  1. Test the wiring harness and connectors by performing the following tests:

    Move the related connectors and wiring while monitoring the appropriate scan tool data.
     
    Move the related connectors and wiring with the component commanded ON and OFF. Using a suitable the scan tool, observe the component operation.
     
    With the engine running, move the related connectors and wiring while monitoring component operation.
     
    If harness or connector movement affects the data displayed, the component and system operation, or the engine operation, inspect and repair the harness or connections as necessary.
     

  2.  
  3. Test the connector terminal pins and/or wiring by performing the following tests:

    Inspect for incorrect mating of the connector halves, or terminals not fully seated in the connector body.
     
    Inspect for improperly formed or damaged terminals and test for incorrect terminal tension.
     
    Inspect for poor terminal to wire connections including terminals crimped over insulation. This requires removing the terminal from the connector body.
     
    Inspect for corrosion or water intrusion. Pierced or damaged insulation can allow moisture to enter the wiring. The conductor can corrode inside the insulation with little visible evidence. Look for swollen and/or brittle sections of wire in the suspect circuits.
     
    Inspect for wires that are broken inside the insulation by gently pulling on suspect sections of wiring.
     

  4.  

Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP) Diagnostics

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

When testing the EVAP system for proper operation, there should always be a pressure differential between the fuel tank pressure and atmospheric pressure. If any of the tests reveal a pressure differential of less than .02- Hg (.067 kPa/.5mm Hg), the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) will interpret this condition as a leak.

  1. Verify the condition of the EVAP system by performing the following visual inspections:

    Ensure that the fuel filler cap is installed and properly secured.
     
    Inspect the charcoal canister for physical damage such as cracks, broken or cracked fittings, damage from road debris, or rodent damage.
     
    Inspect all EVAP control devices (EVAP and purge control system monitors, controllers, and actuators) for physical damage such as cracks, broken or cracked fittings, damage from road debris, or rodent damage.
     
    Inspect all hoses and vacuum line connections for proper routing and placement.
     
    Inspect all electronic control devices for proper electrical connections.
     
    Inspect the condition of all fittings and seals for damage, drying, or wear.
     
    Inspect the condition of all hoses and vacuum lines for displacement, damage, or wear.
     

  2.  

If any physical defects are evident, verify the operation of any questionable components before replacement.

  1. Verify the operation of the EVAP system by performing any or all the following tests:

    Using a suitable scan tool, perform an actuator (active) test to verify the correct operation of EVAP control devices (EVAP and purge control system monitors, controllers, and actuators).
     
    Using a smoke machine, verify that the EVAP system does not exhibit any physical leaks.
     
    Using a suitable EVAP system pressure tester, verify that the EVAP system is properly sealed against positive and negative pressure.
     
    Using a suitable EVAP system pressure tester along with a suitable scan tool, monitor the EVAP pressure under positive and negative pressure conditions.
     

  2.  

Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC)

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

 
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