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Old 12-22-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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3 cylinder ZETEC? NO!

OK, I have not dug into this too deep yet, will try to pull plugs today or tomorrow and find out more. But currently my brain hurts from thinking about this.

Thursday we got 8-12" snow. Dug out ZTS and ran great too and from work. I let it run and get up to temp before my agonizing 2.5 mile drive. (i hate scraping windows and driving a cold car). ran great to and from. When I came home, I finished shoveling and cleared a spot on the street. So, when I started it back up, it only ran on three. And still runs on three. Tune up 3k ago, fresh timing belt/h2o pump 1 week ago. What in the wide wild world of sports would make it drop 1 cylinder after sitting for 2hrs?

Really, drove it home. Parked it. 2hrs later started it and it is now a 3 cylinder dud. Any info to search for?

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Old 12-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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I hope it's nothing bad, I had a similar problem a couple months ago and found out that somehow one of my spark plug boots had come loose and wasn't making full connection with the plug itself. 10 minutes later it was like nothing had happened. I'd check the little things first.
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Hope you are right. I did pull a plug and wires when I did belt. But it popped right off when done, and a couple hundred miles since. Got my toes crossed, too.
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Hope you are right. I did pull a plug and wires when I did belt. But it popped right off when done, and a couple hundred miles since. Got my toes crossed, too.
I hadn't done anything to mine for about 500 miles before that happened too. I'm not sure why it would happen besides vibrations but best of luck.

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Try putting a thin coating of dielectric grease in the rubber boot. Sometimes the spark will leak past the boot .
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If your plugs and wires are good, it could be your coil pack. Just replaced mine today. Was running on 3 cylinders as well. I'd have it checked before you buy one though. Mine was about $80. It is very easy to replace.
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Yup, did all the above. I did replace the coil. And I do use dielectric grease on wires/boots. Learned that lesson the hard way. Pulled wire right of plug with boot still on plug. Live and learn. New coil fixed my hessitation/stutter I always had off the line. Also fixed my random miss I had. It was pretty easy, once I found the right torx bit. Still find it funny it lost only #2 and not #3 also. Supposed to batch fire 2&3 together. Oh, well. Running great now.

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