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Is it vapor locking or not? All else shows okay.

Is it vapor locking or not? All else shows okay.

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It acts like vapor lock...... its in the fuel recovery system.... its either the purge valve which is on the engine and easy to change (3 bolts and 3 hoses) or its the cannister which is in the gastank and a chore to replace..... i recommend replacing both. its not that expensive. parts are readily available

Posted on Dec 11, 2011

  • Roger Schmitt Dec 11, 2011

    altho vapor lock should not take more than a few hours to clear up in most cases




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Vapor lock just doesn't happen on newer cars that are fuel injected like yours, it was carburetor equipped cars that vapor locked

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