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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Purge Solenoid

The dealer told me that my check engine light may be a bad purge solenoid. They wanted $300. I read online that it was an easy fix and the ACDelco part is only $25.


Well, I can't get the thing off of the bracket at all. Anyone know of a trick to remove this? Do I need to unbolt the entire bracket? I found some info on some other sites, but there wasn't any solutions posted for removing the solenoid itself.


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So, it looks like I will have to remove the bracket after all.

I guess I will work on that tomorrow morning. Thanks!
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I tried removing the bracket, but that bolt won't budge. According to this website (Chevrolet Cobalt LS: Trying to locate my EVAP Canister Purge - JustAnswer), I should be able to slide the solenoid off the bracket, but that is not working either.
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Did you bend the tab "You can either remove the one 10mm bolt that holds the bracket for it onto the engine, or just bend the tab of the bracket and slide the solenoid off."

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Yes. Both directions. I'm afraid I am going to break the tab
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---------- Post added at 11:46 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:42 AM ----------

I can tell that it stiffens depending on its position. I guess I have to find that sweet spot.
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I was able to switch them out. I blew in the old solenoid, and no air passed through, which another website said could be the source of a problem.

Now, I just need to disconnect the negative battery cable to reset the computer. It won't come off.
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