Catera 2000-2001

Evaporative Emission Control System

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Evaporative Emission Purge Solenoid



Description & Operation

The evaporative emission (EVAP) control system used on all vehicles is the charcoal canister storage method. This method transfers fuel vapor from the fuel tank to an activated carbon, charcoal, storage device, canister, which stores the vapors when the vehicle is not operating. When the engine is running, the fuel vapor is purged from the carbon element by the engine vacuum and is consumed in the normal combustion process. The enhanced EVAP system uses software within the engine control module (ECM) and several additional components that allow the ECM to monitor the system performance and to perform the comprehensive on-board diagnostics.

The enhanced EVAP system consists of the following components:



The EVAP canister vent valve
 
The EVAP canister purge valve
 
The fuel tank pressure sensor
 
The EVAP canister
 
The fuel pipes and hoses
 
The fuel vapor line
 
The purge line
 
The vent line
 
The fuel tank
 
The fuel filler cap

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Fig. Showing the EVAP canister purge valve location

 

The EVAP canister purge valve controls the engine vacuum to the canister. Under the appropriate conditions, the ECM commands the purge valve open. This allows engine vacuum to draw fresh air into the canister through the EVAP vent valve. The fuel vapors exit the canister and are consumed during the normal combustion process.

The EVAP canister vent valve is used for certain EVAP system performance tests that are performed by the ECM. The ECM can close the vent which effectively seals the system. The ECM can then evaluate pressure changes within the system by monitoring the fuel tank pressure sensor signal.

The fuel tank pressure sensor is used for certain EVAP system performance tests performed by the ECM. The fuel tank pressure sensor contains a diaphragm which changes the resistance based on pressure. When EVAP system pressure is low, during purge, sensor output voltage is low. When the system pressure is high, the sensor output voltage is high. The ECM monitors the pressure changes within the system by using the fuel tank pressure sensor signal. This information can be used in order to detect any leaks within the system or to verify the operation of the system components.

 
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