Tell you an easy way. Fill up the fuel tank like you did, take off the valve, use 2 plugs block the 2 hoses and then start the engine. If it's not hard to start then the valve is probably bad. Also after start you can see if the light is still flashing but don't drive it for too long since it's going to damage the canister. If you don't wanna risk, just replace the valve. It doesn't cost too much.
2001 GLS - 2L SOHC
I suspect I have a bad Purge Valve. I removed the old one to bench test. It's not sealed without power and when I power it up, it doesn't seal. I can hear a subtle click when I apply the power but it is not holding a vacuum.
- The EV icon on the OBD2 scanner I have always flashes and I've driven the car around a lot.
- I also have the problem of the engine being hard to start after filling up the fuel tank. I think I read it could be related.
Any help on testing the valve would be appreciated, trying not to buy a part I don't need.