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GMC Sierra Code P0300 Check engine light

GMC Sierra with the code P0300 Q: I have the 2003 GMC Sierra with the code P0300. What could be the problem? A: The code P0300 means "Random Cylinder Misfire". This means that the engine computer has detected that one or more of the cylinders misfire randomly. This code could take some time to diagnose, as there could be a wide range of reasons for the engine cylinders to misfire. Here are just a few examples: bad spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap/rotor, bad fuel injectors, bad airflow sensor, broken or weak valve spring, leaking valve, low fuel pressure, manifold gasket leak, clogged catalytic converter, etc. Take your truck to a knowledgeable mechanic and have it check out - driving with the misfiring engine can damage your catalytic converter.
The mechanic can scan the engine computer with the scan tool and see the conditions when the misfire happens and check which cylinders are misfiring. A number of of other things will need to be checked to find the cause (e.g vacuum leaks, exhaust back-pressure, compression, etc.).

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