PO446 EVAP code

Tiny
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  • 1998 SATURN SL1
  • 2.3L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
My niece wrecked her car and I had to do a lot of work to it getting it back on the road. I have gotten everything back together, replaced, etc, but at first for some reason the key would not start the car, so I wired her up a start button, works perfectly, the car runs and drives great but the po446 evap code is on.I have turned it off several times but it keeps coming back. Is there a way to just unhook the evap system to get the light off, or a easy and inexpensive way to fix it? How can I fix it?It is all ready for inspection except that one code is stopping us/ Please help me with this. Could it be tied into the reason as to why the key would not start the car as well? I have looked through everything and cannot figure it out, had it been a 1980's or 1990's Mustang or Camaro, things would be so much easier. Lol Thanks for any help
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Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 AT 12:21 PM

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Tiny
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No that is part of the diagnostics system. What part of the car was damaged in the crash? Also did this code happen right after the crash?
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 AT 8:15 AM
Tiny
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The damage was just basically the drivers side front. I replaced the struts, the front stabilizer bar, front brakes, front rotors, and had to replace the battery, the starter, tie rod ends, and control arms. I never really did anything with the engine except change the starter. After I got everything put back together and the car was ready to go, this light came on, now I cannot get it inspected. If you need to know anything else, just let me know.
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 AT 11:46 AM
Tiny
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Above the starter is the evaporator canister purge solenoid it should have to hoses going to it. You probably unhooked the top hose. Let me know what you find.
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 AT 12:11 PM
Tiny
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I checked that, the hose was connected, I followed it to the top of the engine to like a rubber piece that hooks where air goes through the throttle body, but there is a hose that goes for the valve cover to the air intake hose, it was deteriorated and cracked, I don't know if that could have been the cause being a vacuum leak.
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 AT 3:45 PM
Tiny
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That is the PCV hose has nothing to do with that code.
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 AT 6:36 PM
Tiny
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The hose to the evap canister purge solenoid makes the most sense did you inspect the hose that goes back towards the firewall from that solenoid?
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Friday, November 4th, 2016 AT 9:51 PM
Tiny
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I did, The hose looks to be fine, but it does slide on very easily as if maybe it could has a small leak, it doesn't fit snug or anything, just loosely slides on
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Saturday, November 5th, 2016 AT 9:42 AM
Tiny
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Those can get loose the rubber expands over time
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Saturday, November 5th, 2016 AT 5:03 PM

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