GM Full-Size Trucks 1980-1987 Repair Guide

Evaporative Canister



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The only regular maintenance that need be performed on the evaporative emission canister is to regularly change the filter and check the condition of the hoses. If any hoses need replacement, use only hoses which are marked EVAP . No other types should be used. Whenever the vapor vent hose is replaced, the restrictor adjacent to the canister should also be replaced.

The evaporative emission canister is located on the left side of the engine compartment, with a filter located in its bottom. The filter should be replaced according to the scheduled maintenance.

To service the canister filter:
  1. Note the installed positions of the hoses, tagging them as necessary, in case any have to be removed.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Example of GM evaporative canister

  1. Loosen the clamps and remove the bottom of the canister.
  3. Pull the filter out and throw it away.
  5. Install a new canister filter.
  7. Install the bottom of the canister and tighten the clamps.
  9. Check the hoses for cracks, restrictions or hose connection openings.