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“This is why I do it”

Jake von Slatt, of Steampunk Workshop, says:

Got an email this morning that made my frikk’n day:


If you’re the gentleman that posted an article regarding removal and repair of a charcoal canister and stuff – thank you. The article inspired me to keep trying to do my own repair here in Southern CA. I was getting a little taxed by the task. By the way, I decided that my owner’s manual is written poorly. I can understand your writing just fine, but the car manual really tries me. I’m an engineer, and I ask my wife to explain things for me when I can’t figure them out – she laughs and hints that I may be language challenged. But I told her that I understand Jake’s writing just fine… Saving $700 suits me just fine, as well.

Thanks again,


He’s referring to this article.

I did this repair because I was outraged at what the dealer was going to charge me to replace what is essentially a paint can full of charcoal, and when I couldn’t find a generic solenoid valve, I decided to try and repair the failed valve myself.

The real triumph is that a search for “toyota sienna evaporative canister” returns my article in the #1 slot. So whenever a dealer quotes $700 for this repair, chances are good that a handy individual will find the information they need to repair it themselves for zero dollars.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how we win. Thanks for making my day Jim!


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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