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How much does it cost to replace a canister purge solenoid?

The average cost for canister purge solenoid replacement is $184, including $69 for parts and $115 for labor. However, the exact price will depend on your vehicle’s year and model.
How long does it take to replace a canister purge solenoid? A certified mechanic typically takes around 1.0 hours to complete the job. Your mechanic will begin with a preliminary inspection, then follow through with the full replacement if it is necessary. 
Here’s an overview of canister purge valve replacement costs for different vehicles:
Canister purge solenoid replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 20, 2024
Mercury Mariner
$209
$80
$129
1.0 Hours
May 17, 2024
Ford Five Hundred
$199
$80
$119
1.0 Hours
May 16, 2024
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
$177
$60
$117
1.0 Hours
May 13, 2024
Audi S5
$172
$63
$109
1.0 Hours
May 12, 2024
Volvo XC90
$171
$60
$112
1.0 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my canister purge solenoid replacement?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but here’s a general rundown:
  • Canister purge solenoid: The canister purge solenoid is part of the EVAP system and opens and closes to help direct the flow of fuel vapor. It is the main component in the replacement, and it will usually cost you $50 to $150.
  • Purge valve hose: The canister purge valve hose connects the components of the EVAP system. It is not required that you replace the hose with the solenoid, but it can be a good idea, especially if the old hose is frayed. Purge valve hoses generally cost $15 to $45. 
Some reputable brands we recommend include ACDelco, Dorman, and Standard Motor Products for reliable and quality canister purge solenoid part replacements. You can typically purchase these brands from retailers such as AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, both online and in-store. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle's specific year, make, and model.
Depending on your vehicle, OEM canister purge valves can actually be cheaper than their aftermarket counterparts. Plus, OEM parts are guaranteed to fit your vehicle and are protected by a warranty. If you get the short end of the stick and find OEM parts for your vehicle are pretty pricey, you can find reliable aftermarket parts that work for your car and your budget.
You can buy parts for your exhaust manifold replacement from the following sources: 
For OEM parts, go to
  • The manufacturer/dealership
  • Auto parts shops and auto body retailers (like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts)
For aftermarket parts, go to
  • Online retailers (such as Amazon or eBay)
  • Auto parts shops and auto body retailers

Where can I get my canister purge solenoid replaced?

Finding the right place to get your canister purge solenoid replaced can be tricky—especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic to turn to. Luckily, Jerry's
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can help you compare costs for the services you need from over 2,500 reputable repair shops across the country. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from shops using their actual hourly labor rate. GarageGuard™ will also let you know if you need to budget for diagnostic fees and show you reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
113 Reviews
Wrench Inc. - RNO

Canister Purge Solenoid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$209
(Parts - $84, Labor - $125)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$150
146 Reviews
Goodyear Auto Service - Columbia
address
1400 Gervais Street Suite 2, Columbia, SC
Canister Purge Solenoid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$194
(Parts - $84, Labor - $110)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$39.95
178 Reviews
Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service - Lansing #889
address
17015 Torrence Ave, Lansing, IL
Canister Purge Solenoid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$221
(Parts - $84, Labor - $137)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$99.99
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
address
415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Canister Purge Solenoid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$245
(Parts - $84, Labor - $161)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
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Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my canister purge solenoid?

To perform a canister purge solenoid replacement, a mechanic will complete the following steps:
  1. Preparation: Your mechanic will disconnect the battery and lift the hood to locate the canister purge solenoid.
  2. Remove parts: Next, your mechanic will disconnect the fuel vapor lines, vacuum lines, and electrical connector.
  3. Remove the canister purge solenoid: Your mechanic will remove the bolts and remove the faulty canister purge solenoid from the engine compartment.
  4. Install the new canister purge solenoid: At this point, your mechanic will install and connect a new canister purge solenoid (and new hose, if applicable).
  5. Reassembly: Your mechanic will reassemble any parts that were removed during the replacement.
Once everything looks back to normal, the mechanic will clear any engine codes sent by your car’s computer and restart the vehicle to make sure they don’t reappear.

What happens if I don’t replace my canister purge solenoid?

Not replacing the canister purge solenoid will likely not cause serious damage to your car, but you may have to deal with poor engine performance—rough idling and trouble starting the engine—and your vehicle will likely fail an emissions test. In rare cases, raw fuel might enter the intake system and damage the catalytic converter—which could result in some hefty repair costs.
Fuel vapors could also enter the atmosphere and the vehicle’s cabin, which can pose health concerns.

What is a canister purge solenoid?

The canister purge solenoid—sometimes referred to as the canister purge valve—is part of your vehicle’s evaporative emission control (EVAP) system and works to prevent vapor from the fuel cell from escaping into the cabin and atmosphere.
The canister purge solenoid allows the exact amount of required fuel vapors from the EVAP canister to enter the intake manifold. So when your engine is running, the canister purge valve opens, and it closes when the engine is off. The vapor travels from a charcoal canister to the engine, where it is burned during the engine’s combustion process.

When should I replace the canister purge?

You should take your car to an automotive repair shop for an inspection if you notice the following warning signs:
  • A lit check engine light
  • Rough idling
  • Trouble starting the engine after refilling the gas tank
  • A failed emissions test
In some cases, you might also notice black smoke coming from the exhaust.

How often should a canister purge solenoid be replaced?

Canister purge solenoids won’t be listed under your vehicle's regular
maintenance schedule
since they should last as long as your vehicle. However, the valve could experience wear and tear, so look for warning signs to know if you need to replace your canister purge solenoid.

Can I replace my canister purge solenoid myself?

You can replace your canister purge solenoid at home if you have the right tools and experience with DIY auto repair, but it’s essential for your vehicle’s overall performance that the job is done right. So, in most cases, it’s best to let a professional handle your canister purge solenoid replacement.

FAQs

A faulty purge valve could negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel economy. Since the valve’s purpose is to regulate fuel vapors, a malfunction could result in more emissions with less fuel burning for your car.
Common symptoms of a bad canister purge solenoid include:
  • A lit check engine light
  • Rough idling
  • Trouble starting the engine after refueling
  • A failed emissions test
If you notice these warning signs, take your car to a mechanic to determine if you need a new valve.
If your purge valve isn’t functioning properly, your check engine light will illuminate, and you might see EVAP error codes such as
P0441
and P0446.
If your check engine light is still illuminated after the canister purge valve has been replaced, it is likely a sensor malfunction. You also could have an issue with another component of your evaporative emission control system (EVAP) besides the purge valve.

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