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Does a 89 T3 have a charcoal canister?

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by SunnyJim, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    89 t3 2.1 liter fuel injected.

    I did the fuel sender and fuel hoses but don't remember seeing a charcoal canister anywhere.
    Should I have one?

    Perhaps hiding away in a rear wheel well?
     
  2. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Yes it does and yes it is
     
  3. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    As Phil says its in the wheel well and specifically in the drivers side wheel well on a 2wd :)
     
  4. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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    Yes found it, thx guys
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  5. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Thats the one.

    I found a couple of years ago that they are NLA.

    This may have changed
     
  6. syncro

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    I would jut go to a wreckers and get something similar or smaller from a late model car and then adapt it. As far as I know they are NLA. I really don't know why people remove them.
     
  7. Luckyphil

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    I believe there was a Passat model that was released overseas that has virtually the same canister, I have one at home but havnt needed to fit it as the factory one still works ok.
     
  8. Barry

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    How do you tell if they work????
     
  9. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    As long as your tank doesn't suck in and you cannot smell fumes it must be OK. I have never replaced a defective one but have fitted them because some halfwit removed it.
     
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  10. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    We had one that used to go "BANG" at very inappropriate times - like at the traffic lights with a car next to you
     
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  11. kimosabi

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    ?? Is the 1985 Wasserboxer 1.9 supposed to have one.. I get fume smell and cant see one on my van.
     
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  13. gazman

    gazman Well-Known Member

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    Charcoal canister was introduced with ADR27A from 1 july 1976. So if you have a 'non-import' built after that date it should have one...
     
  14. Andy.

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    https://www.busdepot.com/1h0201801c

    They are slightly different (connection diameters), but easily adapted.
    As Phil said, they are for a passat, so might be available locally.

    The one in the link is aftermarket and only a fraction of the weight of the original, so not sure what's inside them.

    There are articles on opening the originals and replacing the internals which are not overly complicated. I think they used charcoal used in fish tank filters.
     
  15. Diy89

    Diy89 New Member

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  16. Andy.

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    Looks good DIY89. This one also has the wrong size connections, but are easily adapted to the size of the original hoses.

    I am not sure if you would notice if you have an old one that is blocked, as the tank would probably still breath through the filler cap (which most likely is not air tight if original).
    I re-routed the breather pipe into the engine bay when I fitted mine so it does not suck dust from the wheel well. I put an inline fuel filter on the hose to filter the air it sucks in, it does get a lot of dust in the filter if driving off road.
     

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