12-21-2003, 06:11 AM
Today I smashed the front bumper on my ZJ. :cry: I was hitting my favorite trail this morning and I was confronted with a large section of ice. It didn't look too bad, but I misjudged its thickness. After smashing my way through the 2"-4" thick ice I got out to asses the damage. Both sides of the bumper were broken, and needed to be hack-sawed away from the tires. As I stood there looking at my smashed fog lights, the EVAP canister fell to the ground and spilt charcoal pellets on my feet. :cry: After cleaning up the mess, plugging the hole where the canister was, and cursing Chrysler for my plastic bumpers, I headed for home. I guess on the plus side, this makes for a good excuse to get a new REAL bumper. The Jeep ran fine for the 20 mile trip home without that stupid canister and it don't think it misses it. Am I going to create any problems driving without this EVAP canister? According to my Haynes manual, I have to remove the entire grill, bumper and headlights to replace it, but I am lazy and don't want to take off the bumper until I have a new one to put on. I am going snowboarding at Loon in NH next weekend and I need to know if I should fix this first, or just leave it for now?