Diagnostic Trouble Code P0441

P0441 “Evaporative Emission Control System Incorrect Purge Flow”


What is code P0441?

Code P0441 stands for “Evaporative Emission Control System Incorrect Purge Flow”. This diagnostic trouble code can show up for a number of problems related to a leak in the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system. Therefore, it is important to have a qualified technician diagnose the specific problem that caused the code to be stored in your vehicle’s computer.

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What does code P0441 mean?

When code P0441 shows up on a diagnostic scan of your vehicle, a technician knows that there is something going wrong with your EVAP system.

Gasoline has a tendency to evaporate, especially when it is warm outside, or when you are filling the gas tank at the pump. This evaporation not only depletes your store of fuel, but also allows harmful pollutants to enter the atmosphere. For this reason, vehicles are fitted with an evaporative emissions control system, also known as the EVAP system. This collection of tubes, sensors, and valves connected to the fuel tank allow evaporating vapors to be collected in a special receptacle, the EVAP canister. There they can be reintroduced into the fuel system to be burned by the engine at a later time.

When certain operating conditions exist, the ECM (Engine Control Module) that oversees the function of your engine and other systems will command the EVAP system to be purged. The purge valve opens, and the engine draws stored fuel vapors out of the EVAP canister to be burned during combustion. In the meantime, the ECM watches for a change in sensor data. For instance, oxygen sensors detecting a slightly rich condition, or the manifold pressure sensor showing a slightly higher pressure. If the ECM does not detect the parameters it expects when the valve is opened, it knows there is a problem with the purge gas flow. It will then store code P0441 and turn on the check engine light.

What causes code P0441?

A number of causes can trigger a code P0441. That is why an accurate diagnosis is essential. Causes of this code relate to any component in the EVAP system that could facilitate a leak. For instance:

Most likely

Other possibilities

What symptoms are associated with this code?

Common signs associated with a code P0441 include the following:

How does a technician diagnose code P0441?

If a diagnostic scan of your vehicle indicates a code P0441, a technician will perform tests to pinpoint the problem. These tests include checking for any related trouble codes. The technician will also use the scan tool to command EVAP components to function in order to to observe certain characteristics that might indicate which component is leaking. The technician might also employ a device called an evaporative emissions smoke tester to pump smoke into the system and look for leaks.

How serious is this code?

A code P0441 is not likely to cause any immediate drivability issues. It will, however, prevent your vehicle from passing an emissions test. An EVAP system leak can get worse with time and could lead to additional diagnostic trouble codes. In some cases, a fuel vapor leak could even cause engine misfires. Code P0441 is not cause for immediate concern, but it should not be ignored long-term. Look to have your vehicle inspected within a week or so.

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Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

P0440 “EVAP System Malfunction”

P0450 “EVAP System Pressure Sensor/Switch A Circuit”

P0456 “EVAP System Leak Detected (large leak)


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