Roadmaster 1992

Evaporative Emission Control System

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EVAP Canister



Location

This component is located under the hood at the front of the engine on the driver-s side of the vehicle at the radiator support assembly.

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Fig. EVAP canister-1991-1993

Operation

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
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    Disconnecting the negative battery cable on some vehicles may interfere with the functions of the on-board computer systems and may require the computer to undergo a relearning process, once the negative battery cable is reconnected.


    NOTE
    If working near and/or around the SRS system and components, be sure to properly disable the SRS system. See disarming/arming the SRS system.

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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Loosen the screw holding the canister retaining bracket.
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  7. Rotate the canister retaining bracket and remove the canister.
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  9. Tag and disconnect the hoses leading from the canister.
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  11. Disconnect the electrical connector, if equipped.
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  13. Pull the filter out from the bottom of the canister.

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    Fig. EVAP canister and related components-1991-1993

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To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.


NOTE
Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread sealer are identified. Do not use paints, lubricants or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners.

  1. Install a new filter and then replace the canister.
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  3. Disconnect the hoses to the canister according to the tags.
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  5. Install the canister into the retaining bracket.
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  7. Tighten the screw holding the canister retaining bracket.
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  9. Using the GM diagnostic scan tool or aftermarket equivalent reprogram the necessary systems and components. Be sure to follow the scan tool manufacturer-s directions.
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Testing
Evaporative Emission Control System Diagnostics

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.
     

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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.
     

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Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes


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Fig. Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

EVAP Purge Control Solenoid



Location

At this time the manufacturer does not provide service information for this component.

Operation

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

At this time the manufacturer does not provide removal and installation procedures for this component.

Testing
Connection & Wiring Diagnosis

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.
     

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  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.
     

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Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP) Diagnostics

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.
     

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Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC)


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Fig. Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

 
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