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My taurus failed due to code p0442 ecap emiss ctl sys leak detected (small leak)

How do i find out what this code means? Also how do I stop the "service engine soon light from staying on?

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  • tinman777 Mar 12, 2009

    I have a 99 Buick Regal.P0442, What a headache! I just got back from the shop. Had an (evap) cannister installed along with a fuel filler line, bought new gas cap, new vaccum harness. And still #@#@#%#$$ CES light is on. I stopped by a dealer and purchased a vent solonoid which I will be installing my self. My last resolve will be to take it to a car dealer for problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    trying to get stop engine light to shut off

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    check engine light comes on and the code emissions auxzilary control what does this mean.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    P0442

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    Continuous Memory Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0442 indicates that a fuel vapor leak has been detected [as small as 0.10 cm (0.04 inch)] in the Evaporative Emission (EVAP) system.
    Note: Prior to performing the following diagnosis inspect the Canister Vent Solenoid (CV) for contamination. A situation may exist where contamination holds open the Canister Vent (CV) solenoid enough to set DTC P0442 and also plugs the port to atmosphere enough to keep system from being vented quickly.
    • After market parts and accessories nonconforming to the EVAP system specifications.
    • Damaged, cross threaded or loosely installed fuel filler cap.
    • Small holes or cuts in fuel vapor hoses/tubes (EVAP canister tube, EVAP canister outlet tube or EVAP return tube) in the EVAP system.
    • Loose fuel vapor hose/tube connections to EVAP system components.
    • EVAP system component [EVAP canister purge valve, fuel tank pressure (FTP) sensor, canister vent (CV) solenoid, fuel vapor control valve tube assembly or fuel vapor vent valve assembly] seals leaking.
    • CV solenoid partially open when commanded closed.
    • EVAP canister leaking.
  • Check for presence of fuel filler cap.
  • Verify that the CV solenoid is properly seated on the EVAP canister (if possible).
  • Visually inspect for cut or loose connections to fuel vapor hoses/tubes in following locations:
    • EVAP canister to EVAP canister purge valve.
    • EVAP canister to fuel vapor vent valve assembly.
    • fuel vapor control valve tube assembly to fuel tank (if applicable).

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