You accomplished what you set out to do, and scared the heck out of me when you referenced that other thread about the timing belt. So on Sunday I had my timing belt, water pump, crank shaft sensor, tensioner, and all associated belts replaced. My car runs GREAT now!! Thank you (and my mechanic Joe)!
For the first time in 2 years my check engine light wasn't glaring at me. For about a day anyway.
My check engine light went on again this morning, and the code showed that my purge valve was stuck in the open position.
I did a little research, and found that the purge valve is strictly an emissions thing, and that it could POSSIBLY make the car run rough (which it's NOT), or it will simply allow the evaporating gas to release into the atmosphere (or cause my car to catch fire in a rollover accident, but we won't even go there because I don't plan on rolling it).
After sinking $500 into my car just 2 days ago, since this purge valve isn't having any effect on the way my car is running, I'm tempted to ignore the atmosphere and my check engine light for another year or two (I've gotten very good at it) knowing that my tiny little Hyundai Elantra has more than made up for my carbon footprint by getting great milage for the last decade.
Is there anything I'm missing by choosing to NOT fix my purge valve? Will a bad purge valve leave me stranded by the side of the freeway, or cause major engine failure down the road?
Oh, and I apologize for being so pushy. I'm aware of it, and really do try not to let it get out of control, but sometimes it does manage to come out no matter how hard I try. `