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I'm trying to figure out where the charcoal canister is located in my '02 OBW Ltd. I've Googled it but NOTHING shows me the location, only how to replace it. All the instructions I've read as to how to replace it say "remove" it but not where to remove it from... I have a CEL for evap and have had my mechanic "fix" it once already. Nothing was mentioned about the charcoal canister being looked at though. It seems like that is my next logical place to look... assuming I can find it. All I know is it's located under the "back" of the car. That's about as specific as anything I've read has been.
 

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It is under the back of the car on the passenger side about just forward of the bumper. Its in a black plastic assembly about the size of a shoe box.
 

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I took a look last night and there it is, right where I wouldn't expect it to be. Boy are there a LOT of rusted bolts/screws. I think I'll have my mechanic get a look at it before I start breaking things apart. Thanks for the help!
 

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I THINK I recall reading about a hose or electrical connector that frequently comes loose back there or needs to be reseated, on vehicles driven off-road a lot. But yeah, rusted parts is not good either.

And if there's that much rust in that area, you need to check the tank's fill pipe too.
 

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I'm trying to figure out where the canister is on a 2006 OBW 2.5i. I have the schematics, have followed lines from the tank/gas fill etc, but have not found the canister. Having trouble with the pump kicking off when filling. Check engine comes and goes.
 

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On the 2006 you have to remove the left rear wheel and pull out the fender lining to access the Canister. There is a vent control solenoid on the rear upper left of the fuel tank that sends vapor to the canister I have seen these stick, and cause fill issues.
 

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Thanks - I had pulled out the right fender lining based on everything else I had seen on this topic. I'll check the other side.
 
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