2003 Volkswagen Passat Trouble codes (MIL On) (Emissions)

Tiny
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  • 2003 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • TURBO
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
I have a check engine light with the following codes: P0456, P0411. With that being said, I know that those codes are emissions related and that they don't affect engine performance etc. Now I apologize if I ask for too much but I wanted to know: How can I fix it, Any tests I should perform, and can I do it myself
These 2 codes have been on my car for like 2 months with the MIL light on all the time

Kevin.
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Saturday, July 26th, 2014 AT 8:10 PM

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Tiny
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P0456 EVAP small leak, can be difficult to track down. A smoke machine would help, but depending on where the gas fumes are leaking, might also not be of much help.

P0411 is usually a simple repair / fix, but just like the EVAP system, there are several components to the Secondary Air System that could cause that coud to be set.

A sample P0411 video of checking components: (1.8T Jetta, same system as your Passat)

www. Youtube. Com/watch?V=08flKdnIBQk

This is one of my old videos (no text overlay). Any questions, just leave a comment.

Thomas
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Sunday, July 27th, 2014 AT 12:26 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Thomas, Great help. Hopefully I can get it fixed as it's very annoying and worrying having the MIL light on all the time.

Kevin.
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Sunday, July 27th, 2014 AT 4:17 PM
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Sorry Thomas to bother on but I was doing a coolant flange replacement on my 1.8T, now with that being said, I removed the combi valve which COULD be one of the cause to my code. I inspected the combi valve and found dirt, little pieces of what seems to be like rust. Could this mean my combi valve needs replacement as well as the sec. Air pump as it might have water?
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Sunday, July 27th, 2014 AT 4:26 PM
Tiny
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When the combi valves stick open slightly (from age / carbon build-up), warm exhaust enters the SAI System and the warm air then condenses when the engine is off, forming water in the pump and rust on metal components.

You can test the valve just like I did in the above video, by applying vacuum to the vacuum port and blowing through the valve. The valve should pass air when vacuum is applied, but no air when vacuum is off,

If you can blow through it with no vacuum applied, replace the valve.

Make sure that the gasket is not blocking the flow of air between the head & combi valve.

As long as you can hear the SAI pump run (on cold starts), the pump should be ok.

Thomas
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Sunday, July 27th, 2014 AT 6:09 PM
Tiny
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I have a video where you can hear a stuck open combi valve:

www. Youtube. Com/watch?V=r-xAfZQtl74

At around the 32 second mark.

Thomas
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Sunday, July 27th, 2014 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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PO411 inspect the air pump housing. Make sure it is not split or cracked. Also try to apply power to air pump and check air flow. If all is ok remove the hose at check valve and see if there is exhaust gases pumping out. If there is replace the check valve. Valve is a one way valve only. Also inspect air injection hoses to verify they are all secured and snapped on tight. The other code is for a small evap leak. You would need to smoke test the lines for leaks.
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 AT 4:52 PM

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