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Old 10-30-2005, 12:23 AM   #1
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Cylinder 3 misfire and other things...

My car started idling very rough on cold starts until warmed up and a CEL light came on as a result after a few times. I had it checked out and it turned out to be a cylinder 3 misfire I changed out the spark plugs and seemed to be fine, but then driving to work today my car all of the sudden lost almost all power and began sputtering very hard. I putted into a nearby parking lot and once parked I found out that if theirs no load on the engine it will be fine (like at idle), but when I put it in gear and try to move the power will immediately cut out and i'd have to push the clutch in quick to keep it from dying. Now my rommmate while I was at work switched out the plug wires and took it for a drive and everything seemed fine, he even dropped it off for me at my work. Well I come out tonight and everything seemed fine until half way home it started doing it again and I have no idea whats causing this! Anybody have any ideas?


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Old 10-30-2005, 12:57 AM   #2
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are the plugs normal looking when you take em out?
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Old 10-30-2005, 01:38 AM   #3
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My car started idling very rough on cold starts until warmed up and a CEL light came on as a result after a few times. I had it checked out and it turned out to be a cylinder 3 misfire I changed out the spark plugs and seemed to be fine, but then driving to work today my car all of the sudden lost almost all power and began sputtering very hard. I putted into a nearby parking lot and once parked I found out that if theirs no load on the engine it will be fine (like at idle), but when I put it in gear and try to move the power will immediately cut out and i'd have to push the clutch in quick to keep it from dying. Now my rommmate while I was at work switched out the plug wires and took it for a drive and everything seemed fine, he even dropped it off for me at my work. Well I come out tonight and everything seemed fine until half way home it started doing it again and I have no idea whats causing this! Anybody have any ideas?

try some drygas in your tank, make sure the plugs were gapped properly, also did you change all four plugs and wires? AND also try octane booster that also cleans fuel injectors. If these don't work then you may have a more complex problem
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:04 AM   #4
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if not fuel/spark related misfire, the cam timing solenoid sometimes causes major sputtering when it fails. it'll usually set a code for it, p1381 is the most common.
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Check the coil pack, if its bad, not a bad time to replace it with aftermarket.
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k the code was PO351 I believe which was the coil pack or the sensor to the coil pack. I dunno I went to remove the old coil pack and a wire came unhooked from the sensor on the front side of the coil pack and I think that was the problem. But I ghetto rigged it and taped the wire back in place and the car still starts up but still has the same problem with the new coil pack installed...but now it idles like shit to, its not only when theirs a load on it. I'm gonna go to ford tomorrow and get a new sensor deal I think.
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