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Code #P0446 also have P0441. What is most common problem?

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That is an error for the emissions control, evaporative canister purge. You either have a bad hose, bad canister, etc.

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SOURCE: p0440,p0441,p0446

These codes are all for the Evaporative Emissions System.

P0440- Evaporative emissions system fault- just saying there's something wrong with the system.

P0441- Evaporative emissions system- Incorrect purge flow- saying that the system isn't purging the raw fuel vapors (hydrocarbons- HC) as well as it should.

P0446- Evaporative emissions system- Control valve circuit low- there is a valve, usually located on the charcoal canister at the rear of the vehicle, that opens to allow fresh air to enter the evaporative emissions system as the engine vacuum purges the fuel vapors from the charcoal canister and closes when purge is not needed to prevent leakage of those fuel vapors to the atmosphere (HC is a greenhouse gas and is regulated as such by the fed gov't).

Given that you have the incorrect purge flow code and the control valve code together, my bet is that the vent control valve has failed (causing the P0446) and is not opening to allow fresh air into the system to displace the air from within the system that is being pulled to the engine. Since you have no fresh air entering the system, the engine will pull a vacuum on the system instead of the vapors "flowing" into the engine (causing the P0441).


I hope that this is helpful to you!!!


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Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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SOURCE: 1998 toyota camry V6

P0420 indicates you have a catalyst efficiency issue; replacement of the Air-Fuel Sensor should take care of that;
The P0441, P0446 and (I assume P0440); you said 446 twice, indicates a faulty or loose fuel cap; it is not sealing properly.
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Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 toyota Matrix code p0441 and p0446...need help

p0441 - Evaporative emission control system Incorrect purge flow. can be caused by a lot of things and is usually related to a small leak in the emission control evap system, try replacing the gas cap and see if it helps, if not, the system needs to be tested for a leak with the scantool or a leak tester or both.
usually you will see p0440 p0441 and p0446 together but before anything replace your gas cap and besure to tighten it down when you gas up the vehicle, 90% of the time with those codes either a loose gas cap of bad gas cap gasket is the problem

Otherwise - Might be a canister leak, defective VSV valve or hoses, bad gascap seal.

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Posted on Mar 17, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 corolla chack engine light on.

P0440= Evap Control Sys Malfunction
P0441= Evap Control Sys Purge Flow Fault
P0446= Evap Control Sys Vent Ckt Malfunction

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 corolla P0440, P0441, P0446

P0446 is a "EVAP System - vent control malfunction"
I have a 2000 Corolla and was getting this code, resetting and about 1 1/2 tank or 500 miles later it would come back on. I changed the PCV valve as a first easy fix and no luck. Then I read online about a possible solution was what is called a VSV (Vacuum Switching Valve) and replacing that. I decided to spend the $80 and replace it. It is now 2500 miles later and no more check engine light. The valve is situated under the car just past the gas tank towards the front of the car by the rear axel. It is right by the charcoal canister and is a little tricky to get at but it can be done. Only one tiny screw holds it in it's bracket and I could not get it back in so i zip tied it in there. The unit that I replaced looked to be in pretty good shape but there was some corrosion on it and it looked feasible that it could be defective and apparenlty it was.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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How to fix whatever caused the codes P0441, P0442,P0446


Check and make sure your gas cap is screwed on tightly. Then, check the vacuum lines are attached correctly and not leaking. I would bet one of the hoses came off or you have a hole in one or more. The hoses split with age. Start with these, before changing sensors or solenoids.
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code p0440 refers to evaporative emission (EVAP) system--malfunction=== causes --hose connections --intake leak--EVAP canister purge valve
code po441 refers to EVAP --incorrect flow detected==causes the same as for po440
code po446 refers to EVAP system vent control --circuit malfunction===causes --wiring---EVAP can purge valve--ECM
generally I would replace the purge valve as it is common to all codes

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2003 toyota Matrix code p0441 and p0446...need help


p0441 - Evaporative emission control system Incorrect purge flow. can be caused by a lot of things and is usually related to a small leak in the emission control evap system, try replacing the gas cap and see if it helps, if not, the system needs to be tested for a leak with the scantool or a leak tester or both.
usually you will see p0440 p0441 and p0446 together but before anything replace your gas cap and besure to tighten it down when you gas up the vehicle, 90% of the time with those codes either a loose gas cap of bad gas cap gasket is the problem

Otherwise - Might be a canister leak, defective VSV valve or hoses, bad gascap seal.

Thanks for using FixYa - a FixYa rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.

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1998 toyota camry V6


P0420 indicates you have a catalyst efficiency issue; replacement of the Air-Fuel Sensor should take care of that;
The P0441, P0446 and (I assume P0440); you said 446 twice, indicates a faulty or loose fuel cap; it is not sealing properly.
Please feel free to respond to me if you have any further questions.
A FixYa rating from you regarding my assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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P0440,p0441,p0446


These codes are all for the Evaporative Emissions System.

P0440- Evaporative emissions system fault- just saying there's something wrong with the system.

P0441- Evaporative emissions system- Incorrect purge flow- saying that the system isn't purging the raw fuel vapors (hydrocarbons- HC) as well as it should.

P0446- Evaporative emissions system- Control valve circuit low- there is a valve, usually located on the charcoal canister at the rear of the vehicle, that opens to allow fresh air to enter the evaporative emissions system as the engine vacuum purges the fuel vapors from the charcoal canister and closes when purge is not needed to prevent leakage of those fuel vapors to the atmosphere (HC is a greenhouse gas and is regulated as such by the fed gov't).

Given that you have the incorrect purge flow code and the control valve code together, my bet is that the vent control valve has failed (causing the P0446) and is not opening to allow fresh air into the system to displace the air from within the system that is being pulled to the engine. Since you have no fresh air entering the system, the engine will pull a vacuum on the system instead of the vapors "flowing" into the engine (causing the P0441).


I hope that this is helpful to you!!!


ASE Master Technician with L1 and X1 Certifications; Nissan Scope Technician; Chrysler Level 3 Silver Technician- 12+ years experience.


Nov 17, 2008 | 2001 Toyota Corolla

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