Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Evaporative Canister


The evaporative emission control system should be serviced at least every five years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km) on average. This service interval may vary with some models and years-refer to the owner's guide for your truck.

This particular system is only applicable to gasoline engines. The heart of this system is a charcoal canister located in the engine compartment. Fuel vapor that collects in the carburetor float bowl or gas tank and which would ordinarily be released to the atmosphere is stored in the canister because of the attraction between the charcoal and it.

In order to restore the ability of the charcoal to hold fuel, fresh air is drawn through the charcoal under certain operating conditions, thus drawing the fuel back out and burning it in the combustion chambers.

At idle speed, or when the engine is cold, the addition of any fuel vapor to the correct mixture would cause excessive emissions. A port in the carburetor or fuel injection system throttle body allows the fuel to be drawn out of the canister only after the throttle has been opened past the normal idle position (the port is located above the position of the throttle at idle). If there is no vacuum, the canister purge valve remains closed. The flow of air and fuel are prevented when the engine is cold via a thermal valve. This valve prevents the vacuum signal to the canister purge valve from passing through it until the engine reaches a certain temperature.

When the canister purge valve opens, air is drawn under very slight vacuum from the air intake hose located between the air cleaner and carburetor or injection system.


Every five years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km), the Evaporative Emissions System (EES) should be inspected as follows:

  1. Disconnect the fuel vapor vent line at the vapor/liquid separator on the fuel tank and at the canister, blow it clean with compressed air, or have this done at a repair shop. Remove the filler cap and check the seat for cracks or breaks. If necessary, replace the cap.
  3. Replace the canister (if necessary-refer to the owner's guide for service mileage interval). To do this, mark and then disconnect all hoses. Unclamp and remove the canister.

To Install:
  1. Position the new or cleaned old canister back into the original position and refasten the clamps, which hold it in place.
  3. Reconnect the hoses to their corresponding fittings.
  5. Attach the filler cap, either the new one or the old one if still in adequate condition, and connect the fuel vapor vent line to the vapor/liquid separator and canister.