engine malfunction indicator code P1456, need your help

I am driving a 1998's Honda Accord LX. In December 2007, the engine malfunction indicator was on so I took it to a local Honda dealer where they replaced a catalytic converter. However, after few weeks, the light
was on again. I thought that I might have a defect fuel cap so I bought a new one by Stanley from Wal-Mart. The light went off after 3 trips. However, the light was on and off for few times. In May, 2008, I took the car to Meineke and was given a code P1456. The Meineke reset the light (the light was turned off) and told me to go to the Honda dealer for help. I did and the dealer did the emission test and other tests with no problems at all. However, because the light was turned off by Meineke, the Honda dealer told me to bring it back to them when the right was on. I was not charged but I bought a genuine Honda fuel cap from the dealer just to make sure the fuel cap does not cause the problem. Today, June 9, 2008, the light was on again and I took my car back to the Honda dealer. I was issued the same code P1456 and received the same tests. Once again, the dealer did not find any problems. I was charged $98.67 this time. The deal told me to bring it back when the light is on. Here are my questions. When the light is on, it should indicate some problems. When tests do not show any problems, the light should be off. I am wondering whether the dealer has the ability to detect the problems at all. I am also wondering that I may be charged again and again whenever the light is on and I take it to the dealer. I know it is a 10 year-old car. I do not have any plan to replace it because of my financial situation. I would appreciate if you can give suggestions. Thanks.
Lee
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

snip
Start using Autozone to read the codes. They charge nothing. Buy a jar of Goop or something to keep them in business.
The system keeps the light on once a problem starts, even if it then goes away. It's designed with the philosophy that changing operating conditions yada can cause a problem to go away until the next time the operating condition that triggered the MIL recurs. So one is supposed to investigate the cause.
P1456 comes up most often from an improperly installed gas cap, as it sounds like you are learning.
Do you have an owner's manual? Read your owner's manual for the exact instructions on installing the gas cap. Note that the manual says to tighten the cap until it clicks. The manual also says it takes "three trips" to turn the MIL off once it has lit and the fuel cap is properly tightened.
For an owner's manual, see https://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/logon.asp . On the left, click on "Owner's Manuals." Follow the pointers. Once you arrive at the pdf file, it may appear that only one page has come up. In fact, page numbers that are highlighted within the pdf file are links on which you can click to take you to the page. Also, in the upper right hand corner of any white page look for an arrow. Click the right arrow to get to the next page. Lastly, pressing "Ctrl-A" will permit easier reading of some of the pages at this site.
Here is the key for the codes for your car: http://autorepair.about.com/cs/troubleshooting/l/bl_obd_14.htm
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

maybe he has a bad hose in the fuel tank area? Or a crack in the filler pipe.
how DO they detect a evap leak in "the fuel tank area"?
--
Jim Yanik
jyanik
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

These are always possibilities. I was trying to emphasize the most likely. Especially since he's been messing with the fuel filler cap. We do not get many reports of problems like those you name above, though again, they are possible.

I think I remember there is some sort of legit procedure for it.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote

I meant how does the ECU detect it? fuel tank pressure sensor?
--
Jim Yanik
jyanik
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I'd be studying: http://media.honda.co.uk/car/owner/media/manuals/CivicManual/pdf/11-110.pdf
http://media.honda.co.uk/car/owner/media/manuals/CivicManual/pdf/11-113.pdf
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
I agree if he wants to fix it himself he needs the manual. Also the tank system needs to be pressure and vacuum tested. Any leak in the tank area can cause the problem. Rusted tank. Cracked hose. The whole system needs a thorough examination Whether the dealer service tech sees the code or not has no bearing on the problem or fix.
wrote

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
@ .net (Lee) wrote in

<snip>
You need a more diligent dealer.
See here: http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/misc/evap-diag / These are Honda's help documents for the OBD-II EVAP system. Honda issued these as an aid to technicians. They do not, however, help anybody when the binder they're in sits unopened on a dusty shelf in the service manager's office.
Honda installed the EVAP canister and solenoids at the back underside of the car, where salt and moisture corrode the components and cause leaks and P1456/P1457 DTCs.
Find a garage with a smoke machine, and one with techs who are willing to read what Honda has put out to help techs solve EVAP problems. This is NOT rocket science.
And finally, as to your money situation: So long as the DTC is only ever P1456/P1457, you can drive the car forever like that. This problem affects nothing of any importance whatsoever -- until you need to pass smog next time.
--
Tegger

The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.