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#1 (permalink) Old 07-06-2004, 11:55 AM
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Hey fellas,

I read out my engine codes and am getting a Purge Valve error. Where is the purge valve? And what does it do?

Thanks for all of your help so far.

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I had this error before as well. Usually it's just a broken or coroded wire. It's located in the middle of the engine bay somewhere. It's difficult to explain and most likely you won't be able to find it on your own. Do you also have an Oxygen sensor error as well?

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nope... just purge valve

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nope... just purge valve
Are you guys the same person or something?

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Nope. I don't know that dude. But I am not getting the o2 sensor error, only the purge valve error. It happened after I drove through some deep (6") water.

The light flicks on and off once I get the car going, so it's a real pain in the azz. I assume that something is on the wire causing the false readings, but I have no idea what wire to check.

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I found nothing in my chiltons. maybe someone with a haynes or bently will check.

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Thanks for the help.

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