P0441 Evaporative Emission Control System Incorrect Purge Flow
OBD-II Trouble Code Technical Description
Evaporative Emission Control System Incorrect Purge Flow
What does that mean?
This diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a generic powertrain code, which means that it applies to OBD-II equipped vehicles. Although generic, the specific repair steps may vary depending on make/model.
This indicates that a part of the EVAP control system is no longer functioning correctly. The EVAP system consists of many parts, including (but not limited to) the gas cap, fuel lines, carbon canister, purge valve, and other hoses. The (EVAP) emission control system prevents the escape of fuel vapors from a vehicle's fuel system. Fuel vapors are routed by hoses to a charcoal canister for storage. Later, when the engine is running a purge control valve opens allowing intake vacuum to siphon the fuel vapors into the engine.
EVAP emission canister purge is controlled by a valve which allows engine vacuum to pull stored fuel vapors from fuel tank into the engine to be burned, rather than be vented to atmosphere. A vacuum switch is used to detect when flow exists. If the PCM commands purge and sees that the switch is closed (indicating no detected purge flow) P0441 is set.
Likely, no symptoms will be discernible to the driver, other than the illuminated Check Engine Light.
A code P0441 could mean one or more of the following has happened:
- Bad vacuum switch
- Broken or damaged EVAP line or canister
- Open in PCM purge command circuit
- Open or short in Voltage feed circuit to Purge Solenoid
- Faulty purge solenoid
- Restriction in EVAP solenoid, line or canister
- Corrosion or resistance in purge connector
- Bad PCM
With a P0441 OBD-II trouble code, diagnosis can be tricky at times. Here are some things to try:
- Common Chrysler fix - Replace Leak Detection Pump / LDP
- Repair damaged EVAP lines or canister
- Repair open or short in voltage feed circuit to Purge Solenoid
- Repair open in PCM purge command circuit
- Replace purge Solenoid
- Replace vacuum switch
- Repair restriction in Evap line or canister or solenoid
- Repair resistance in purge connector
- Replace PCM
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