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Replace canister purge valve- 1996 thunderbird 3.8

I know it's behind the right head light but how do i get to it.what do i have to take off to access it.

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  • buddyp Feb 10, 2009

    I'm trying to change out the canister purge " valve " not the canster.The trouble code i get says it's the canister purge " valve ". My problem is how to get to it . And the car is a 1996 TBird 3.8L




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Why do you want to replace the charcoal purge canister? Are you smelling fuel vapor under the hood?

On a 1986 (this is posted on the 1986 forum), it is held on by a screw (possibly a rivet).

In my opinion, I'd leave the vapor canister alone. If you really want to spend $50 on something, buy new seat covers.


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  • Mark Satterfield Feb 10, 2009

    On my 1987, the valve is vacuum controlled. It is under the alternator. I replaced mine after an alternator fire melted it, hence how I knew it was under the alternator.

    Yours is behind the headlight? Can you actually see it?

    To locate yours:

    * Check if the purge valve is connected directly to the canister. The valve will be connected with a bolt or rivet if it is on the canister.

    * If the valve is not on the canister, then trace back the hoses/pipes to sources. There should be two hoses on the canister. One hose goes to the gas tank (might be a pipe), the other (likely a hose) goes to the canister purge valve.

    I searched for the 1997 device, and I found a few different items for your car. One is electronic, the other is vacuum controlled.



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