When there strange smell of gas around the canister mean that there is a problem. The filter in the canister may be need to be replace.
If you can get a vacuum pump, remove purge solenoid valve, apply vacum, the vacuum should be maintain, if the vacuum is not maintain, the solenoid is leaking and tthat cause the problem you are having.
Test the purge solenoid, the canister valve,
just remove the hose on each and apply vacuum.
Vacuum should be maintain.
The charcoal canister has filter that should be checked once a year. Or every 15000 miles, it may be soacked with lot of gas, replace it.
Forget the coil for this time, test those components and let me know.
Monday, October 12th, 2009 AT 4:48 PM