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Old 02-25-2004, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default CCPS Canister Purge Solenoid


I spent about 20 minutes under the car looking for it. I browsed thru the Forum, looked at the manual: everybody failed to mention it is behind the starter and you can not see it either from under or above the engine! Only if you take the starter off, you might see it.

Next 20 minutes I spent trying to get those hoses and wires off it. The hoses did not want to slide off like Wolfman said, it is very awkward there and one hose broke as I could not coordinate the forces. The other one did come off after another 10 minutes, but I felt my hands were about to do the same thing! 10mm socket that I had did not work, and I connected a new solenoid without attaching it just to check if that will cure the SES light problem.
It did, my SES light does not light any more. But now I need to get another 10mm socket, new vacuum hose, and probably spend another hour or so to finish what I had started.

I hate that thing!
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Yikes. I feel your pain.

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Just an FYI. Even some techs DO NOT remove the old CCPS. They (I) just tie wrap a new one up under the manifold securely and hook it up. This will not cause any issues and it will work just as well with alot less hassle.
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Funny you should mention that part. My neighbor helped me change it. Actually, he did the work since he can do a job like that just by feel. If I had done it, who knows what I would have screwed up.
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Old 02-27-2004, 03:11 PM   #6
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I hate that thing, cost me $$ to have a mechanic take the intake manifold off to install a new one after I broke vacuum lines and stripped the bolt. Stupid SES light! argh! Now I feel much better.
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Old 02-27-2004, 08:21 PM   #7
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Well, rubber lines are not hard to replace, and need to be replaced anyway, and talking about the bolt, as Wolfman said, many mechanics jsut attach it somewhere there without taking the old CCPS off the engine... You could have saved all those money...
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Old 02-28-2004, 12:06 PM   #8
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Gee guys, I was able to replace mine, simply from underneath. As a side note to Wolf's suggestion; I did think that the next time, I would just place the unit on the fire wall and extend the vacuum hoses.
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OK, here is the update. I drove my car into the garage, switch on all the lights and started thinking. I took the air cleaner housing off, and I could see the CCPS clearly from the top, right under the intake manifold. I was able to unscrew the 10mm bolt quite easily with the ordinary 10mm tool, and take the solenoid off the car. Replacing the vacuum hose was not hard at all either. So I would personally recommend to do it from ABOVE the car, not under. It took me about 40 minutes to do this, may be a little more.
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