Dodge Stratus P0456: EVAP System – Small Leak
This is one of the most commonly encountered trouble codes for the Dodge Stratus The P0456 Code. This is a trouble code that refers to a number given when you plug in your Stratus into a OBDII scanner. The code P0456 indicates that the evaporative emissions control system has a tiny leak. It is sometimes found along with other codes such as P0441 or P0420.
P0456 will not pose a danger to your Stratus’ drive-ability. 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 Dodge Stratus, it is actually referring to the amount of pressure lost, and not the physical size of the leak. They can also be very minor.
Dodge Stratus P0456 Definition
The universal OBDII code P0456 can be used to diagnose trouble codes. The code is universal, meaning that it will be the same regardless of make or model (Stratus or otherwise). The code is technically:
System Leakage in the Smallest Detail – Evaporative Emission System
The EVAP system collects fuel vapor from fuel tanks and then sends it to the intake to ignite the engine in normal combustion. When there is a small leak in the Dodge Stratus’s EVAP system, it will throw the P0456 OBDII Code. If there is a large leak, it’ll throw P0455.
Dodge Stratus P0456 OBDII Symptoms
A P0456 Code will not usually be associated with other noticeable symptoms. Smells like gas And the service engine soon light.
Particular attention should be paid to the fuel tank or fuel filler tube smell.
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 system is for fuel vapor and does not affect the operation of your engine.
Stratus P0456 Trouble code Causes
P0456 can be triggered by many factors in Dodge Stratus. If your Stratus 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 some common issues that could throw code. These problems were listed alphabetically, most to least probable.
- 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. It should be checked for tears or holes. This is the main problem that can cause the 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. It is important to identify and remove a few clips.
- 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. The gasket may dry out especially if the vehicle is in dry conditions. When it dries out, the fuel tank can’t hold pressure anymore.
Diagnose P0456 - Dodge Stratus
To diagnose the problem with your Dodge Stratus P0456, a mechanic can use a variety of tools. The most commonly used methods to diagnose this code are:
- The mechanic will usually check for any additional trouble codes. It is easier to diagnose problems if there are more codes. 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.
- The mechanic will normally determine what trouble codes are associated with P0456. Check out the EVAP System. It includes the purge valve and line as well as the canister.
- A mechanic will examine the gas cap and verify that it is able to withstand high pressure. 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.
- Monitor and check the pressure in your fuel tank.
- The mechanic will then perform the following tests after completing the above-mentioned checks:
- 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
These are some of the most popular Stratus P0456 fix:
- Replacing the gas cap
- Replacing EVAP lines
- Replace charcoal canister
- Replacing 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 check your gas cap.
We wish you all the best in finding out why your Dodge Stratus is throwing the P0456 code. This should help. Please feel free to add anything below.
Do you consider P0456 to be a serious concern?
While P0456 is not going to cause the Stratus’s engine to stop running, it should not be treated lightly. Fuel leaks could be a problem. Check your fuel level to make sure it is not leaked. It is best to have it checked and/or dealt with immediately.
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