• Tiny
  • Saeborne
  • 2002 Toyota 4Runner

2002 Toyota 4Runner Four Wheel Drive Automatic 40000 miles


About a week ago, my car (2002 Toyota 4Runner) started to display a check engine light, along with the VSC light (vehicle stability control).

I checked the user's manual, which said it was still safe to drive with the VSC light, so I waited until the following weekend to take the car into the shop. About 3 days later, the light turned itself off, but I still took it to the shop, to be safe.

The mechanic has told me that the error code says the Charcoal Canister and the Vacuum Pressure Valve must be replaced, for a cost of $800.

First, does this sound like a fair price? Should I take the car for a second opinion?

I realize that there is not enough background info to answer this next question, but this is literally all I know. But anyways, is this a necessary repair?

Thanks in Advance,


Friday, November 14th, 2008 AT 10:49 AM

1 Answer

  • Tiny
  • racefan966
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  • 5,132 posts

So I must ask how are you at doing repairs? The charcoal canister is at the rear close to the gas tank most are not very difficult to replace then you buy it yourself and install it yourself. Here is a diagram of it and were it is you may need to save as pic and magnify it ok.


Call you local dealer for the cost of it and go from there. Yes it should be replaced as it will cause mileage problems and fail inspection in those states that do it.

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Friday, November 14th, 2008 AT 4:05 PM

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