I'm a newbie here who recently got my Mom's very low mileage 1996 LX V6 (~36,000 miles). I'm prepping it for my son to use for a short commute during a summer internship. Mostly it works great.
After having watched approximately a billion hours of DJ Devon's videos and reading through a gajillion posts on the forum, I still have questions. This is probably because I am an idiot!
Anyway, when refueling the car you have to be very gentle at the pump. In addition when removing the gas cap the "woosh" you hear seems pretty long and loud. Finally, there was a good amount of sludge behind the fuel filler door. (Note that the flapper is in place on the filler neck.
I'm thinking that this is an issue with the evap system - most probably the evap canister or the purge control valve. I went to diagnose this but the hoses are old and brittle (especially under the clamp from the Tank connection on the canister) and I couldn't work them free. I know I could cut them off, but what do I replace them with? Can I use generic hoses? Should I splice in a new length of hose to replace what I cut away?
Or should I just forget about all this...let my son pump gas slowly...keep wiping away the sludge...and let sleeping dogs lie?
It has other issues (E-brake not working well, a sometimes clunky shift from 1st to 2nd, and some miscellaneous smells), but overall the car is good. New battery, new tires, good interior, etc.
Thanks for this great resource and thanks in advance for any help.