The connection from the gas cap to the fuel hose has rotted causing my fuel hose to bounce around and off my tire while driving. I havent been able to find a replacement that fits,and the dealers I've gone to seem to have no idea! Does anyone know where I could find one? Or how I could "fix it" myself?
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The fuel tanks have protective baffles in the fill stem and they block hoses from entering the tank. There is an easy way to remove fuel. Two things you will need to do are Look up the fuel pump RELAY wiring in the Powerbox under the hood and buy a tire valve removal cap. Some tire stem caps made of metal have removal tools incorporated in the stem cap, inexpensive, Walmart or Kmart. Why do you need a tire valve stem cap? To remove the stem valve in the fuel rail test port on the engine. Once this is removed you have an opening for fuel to come out. Remove the valve and slide a rubber hose over the stem and clamp it down. Around a 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch internal diameter hose, long enough to reach an empty gas can. Now you are ready to pump. To pump, remove your fuel pump Relay. Look at your obtained diagrams of the Fuel pump relay Layout. Jump the 2 terminals. Maybe 27 and 34, Look for Yourself as Layouts differ. The fuel pump will pump when jumped. I removed 17 gallons in about 15 Minutes with a blocked pump. Do this on a COLD engine. Outside, well ventilated. It works. Suggest topics like-"Fuelpump Relay Bypass", "2000 Lincoln Town car Powerbox Layout". Or See Autozone Help section on Web after registering your car. Tire stem caps will cost about $3 for 4 pack, fuel hose about $7 for enough. small clamp $?.
OPEN GAS CAP FLAP THEN YOU NEED TO DRAIN GAS BELOW FILLER NECK.THEN LOOSEN REMOVE SCREWS IN THE GAS CAP FLAP AREA WHERE FILLER TUBE CONNECTS THEN GO UNDERNEATH VAN LOOSEN REMOVE HOSE CLAMPS AND REMOVE THE HOSE AT THE FILLER NECK BELOW THE GAS TANK.SPRAY WD40 AROUND HOSE AREA AT METAL FILLER TUBE STICK OUT GAS TANK.CAREFULLY USE LARGE PAIR OF CHANNEL LOCK PLIERS TO REMOVE WORK HOSE OFF METAL TUBE FROM GAS TANK. IF YOU CANT REMOVE HOSE WITH HANDS.BECAREFUL NOT TO MAKE ANY SPARKS.PLACE RAGS AROUND ANY METAL PARTS TO KEEP CHANNEL LOCKS FROM HITTING METAL MAKING SPARKS.
if you open up the hood and find your fuel rail you should see a little cap just like what is on your tire valve stems. take the cap off and push the little valve in the center agian just like the valve stem on your tire. be vary carefull as fuel will spray out of this. that is how to depressurize the fuel system
P0442 is a medium evaporative system leak detected. Check your gas cap and make sure it is on tight and the rubber seal is in good shape. If it was loose, tighten it and the check engine light will exstinguish after a few days on its own. If not this usually means there is a small hose in the system that has developed a small split. It could be several other things as well, it is "usually" a hose. You need to take it to a shop that can proform diagnostics to locate the leak.
Here is a list of possable causes;
LEAK AT GAS CAP
see if you can find a mechanic with a smoke machine you hook it to one of the hoses and the smoke will come out the leak. lt could be loose hose clamp , broken plastic clamp, dry rotted hose ect , the gas gap is a item that can cause the light to come on always make sure the cap is on and tight. do the smoke see if it will find the leak most shops have one. it is what its for.
Here is what I could find for your code error as potential causes:
After market parts and accessories nonconforming to the EVAP system specifications. Damaged, missing or improperly installed fuel filler cap. Blockage in fuel vapor hoses/tubes (EVAP canister tube, EVAP canister purge outlet tube or EVAP return tube) in EVAP system. Disconnected or cracked fuel vapor hoses/tubes in EVAP system. EVAP canister purge valve stuck closed. Canister vent (CV) solenoid stuck open. Fuel tank pressure (FTP) sensor malfunction. EVAP canister leaking. Fuel vapor control valve tube assembly blocked. Fuel vapor vent valve assembly blocked.
Obviously the gas cap would be the easiest and cheapest thing to fix. Just make sure it is put on correctly and tight. If it is not that, I would have to suggest to take it to a mechanic because the other problems on that list are not really DIY material. Hopefully it is the gas cap and you can take care of it yourself. Good luck.
Raise the car w/ a jack and place on safety stands after your next fill up. Look at gas tank, vent hoses, fill hose, fuel lines , something is definitely leaking. It could be anything from rusty deteriorating gas tank, or fuel lines, to a loose connection of the fill pipe, rotted, split vent line, etc. Check this out asap as this sounds like a serious safety concern, you don't want to be driving a fire bomb