Chrysler Pacifica P0456: EVAP System – Small Leak
The most frequent trouble code with the Chrysler Pacifica The Code P0456. The trouble code refers to a number you receive when your Pacifica is plugged into a OBDII scanner. The code P0456 indicates that the evaporative emissions control system has a tiny leak. This code is often found with or related to P0420,P0441 and, very rarely, P0440.
Your Pacifica's driveability is generally not affected by P0456. Certainly anytime the service engine soon light is on, it’s good to deal with it as soon as possible.
While the trouble code may state that there is a “small leak” in the EVAP system of your Chrysler Pacifica, it is actually referring to the amount of pressure lost, and not the physical size of the leak. They can also be very tiny.
Chrysler Pacifica P0456 Definition
The universal OBDII trouble code P0456 can be used to diagnose any problem. It means that no matter what make or model vehicle you have, this code will always mean the same (Pacifica or otherwise). Technically speaking, it stands for
System Leakage in the Smallest Detail – Evaporative Emission System
The EVAP captures any fuel vapor in the fuel tank, and transmits them to engines intake for ignition. When there is a small leak in the Chrysler Pacifica’s EVAP system, it will throw the P0456 OBDII Code. If there is a large leak, it’ll throw P0455.
Chrysler Pacifica P0456 OBDII Code Symptoms
A P0456 Code will not usually be associated with other noticeable symptoms. Smells like gas The service engine soon light.
Particular attention should be paid to the smell of fuel near the fuel tank or fuel filler tube.
The EVAP system is responsible for fuel vapors. If these vapors are leaking from the system, you’ll often smell them faintly while operating the vehicle. But, it won’t affect the way the engine itself runs. The EVAP technology deals only with the fuel vapor. It does not impact the performance of your Pacifica's engine.
Pacifica P0456 Trouble Code Causes
The P0456 trouble code can be triggered by many factors in your Chrysler Pacifica. If your Pacifica has warned you at all in the last few months that the fuel cap was off when it wasn’t, then replacing it would be a great first step.
Below are the top most probable problems that could throw the code. These were listed alphabetically, in some order.
- Evap System Hose– The hose that carries the fuel vapor from the fuel tank to the intake manifold can begin to leak. The P0456 error code will be generated. You should look for a hole or a tear in the code. This is the leading cause of code.
- Vapor Canister Purge Valve– One of the most common causes of the P0456 code is the vapor canister purge valve. It’s really easy to replace. There are some clips you will need to look for and then remove.
- Fuel Tank Sending Unit– It is possible for the gasket that attaches the fuel sending unit to the gas tank to go bad. This could cause a drop in tank pressure which can throw off the code.
- Fuel Cap– A bad fuel cap can cause the code to be thrown for sure. Often, you’ll get a message informing you that the fuel cap is off even when it is on. It may be worth your time to get that message and a P0456 to ensure you don't waste any money.
- Fuel Filler Neck– There is often a gasket where the fuel filler neck connects with the gas tank. It is possible for this gasket to dry, particularly if vehicles spend a lot of time in dry environments. When it dries out, the fuel tank can’t hold pressure anymore.
Chrysler Pacifica Diagnosis - P0456
To diagnose the problem with your Chrysler Pacifica's P0456, a mechanic can use a variety of tools. The most commonly used methods to diagnose this code are:
- It is common for the mechanic to check for any additional trouble codes. A mechanic will usually check for additional trouble codes to help diagnose the problem. That’s because when they appear together in certain combinations, there will often only be only a few conditions that will throw any combination of codes at one time.
- Once the mechanic has determined the trouble codes associated with P0456, he or she will usually Take a look at the EVAP system. These include the line and purge valve.
- To ensure that the cap can withstand pressure, the mechanic will check it. If you are getting a warning that your gas cap is off, even when it’s on, replacing it will more than likely clear this code.
- Monitoring and checking the fuel tank pressure is a must.
- Following the inspections and repairs, the mechanic will conduct two more tests.
- A smoke test, and they’ll use a scan tool to confirm that the EVAP solenoids and valves are operating properly.
Here’s a pretty good video on diagnosing these leaks from Scotty Kilmer, if you are interested:
The Most Popular P0456 Fixes
Below are the top Pacifica P0456 solutions:
- Replacement of gas cap
- Replacing EVAP lines
- Replace charcoal canister
- Change the fuel tank
It is best to begin with the gas cap, and then work your way up to the fuel tanks. The gas cap is the most difficult and cost-effective item to replace.
Here’s a great video on How to test your gas tank.
It's a good idea to try and figure out why your Chrysler Pacifica is throwing the code P0456. We trust this helped. You can add any additional information by leaving a comment.
Do you consider P0456 to be a serious concern?
While P0456 is not going to cause the Pacifica’s engine to stop running, it should not be treated lightly. There could be fuel contamination. Check your tank regularly to make sure there is no fuel leaking. It is best to have it checked and/or dealt with immediately.
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