Question about 1997 Pontiac Sunfire
Recently changed #2 spark plug and two months later it's missing again. car shakes badly at morning start up sometimes check engine light flashes, but once it warms up it's fine. Driving I can tell it's missing. Had Sears do a diagnostic and they said the spark plugs are fouled again. I don't have any visible oil leaks except from the valve cover gasket which is irrelevant. Could be a cracked head I assume but I need some advice. My current plan is to change the spark plugs every time I notice it missing. I'm not investing a **** load of money in this car. I'd rather buy a new one at income tax time.HELP!! -Broke mom/college student
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Yes bad leads will be one of the faults
run the motor in the dark raise the bonnet look for sparkle trails
on the leads
coil pack could be faulty
compression test will tell if it is a leaky valve
back fire can be running lean or timing
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Broken HT cables will cause misfire.
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
ok first rule of headgasket checking to see if cracked is look at dipstick or oil in pan if looks like chocolate milk then you have a blown head gasket
other thing of white smoke oxygen sensor bad
or you have an oil rings that need replacing
Posted on Jun 08, 2008
selecting replacement engines- check for 5yr-50000 warranty, not knowing location, two known- spokane, wa. sacramento, ca. there are mail order establishment that offer these, just make sure of warranty cover replacement labor fort total time warranty is in time, also make sure that, if a problem is not cured, they will supply replacement engine-labor. remember it is your dollars, you should be in control
Posted on Oct 05, 2008
SOURCE: 96 Sunfire won't start
gue$$ing isn't the route to costly you must have engine light on OBD 2 scan for the fault and repair! if no engine light could be not working usually these come on every time something happens!!!!
Posted on Jan 04, 2009
I would start by doing an oil change myself so you can examine the oil and look for water/antifreeze in it. You will be able to see it separate from the oil and you can smell the antifreeze. If there is then you have a leak between the water jacket and the heads somewhere. More than likely the LOWER intake gasket is leaking into the head. You said they replaced a gasket but was it the UPPER or LOWER? If it was the LOWER did they use RTV in the correct areas? Did they torque the intake bolts to the correct pressure and install the bolts correctly? I know you don't have these answers but these could all be part of the problem. It may be leaking more at #2 cylinder and causing it to foul more than the others. Also just because a mech pressurized the coolant system and didnt see any change in pressure (hopefully he wasn't just looking for visible leaks) the issue may not happen until the engine is hot, as metals behave differently when heated, especially aluminum which the LOWER intake is made. Have a mechanic or mechanically inclined friend (gearhead) remove the #2 plug wire, then kick the engine a few times without starting it, enough to let any fluid get into the chamber, this would include gas btw. Then remove the plug and look for any wet residue on the plug, gas will evap. quickly, antifreeze/oil won't. again try to smell the residue and if necessary, lightly touch some to your tongue, antifreeze has a sugary sweet taste that is easily detectable. Remember any time you are working with chemicals such as waste oil and especially anti freeze, minimize spills and clean them up quickly and completely and place the spent fluid in a sealable container and take them to a collection center for disposal. Waste oil is a carcinagin (cancer causing) agent and antifreeze (glycol) new or old will kill any animal (child, dog, cat,etc) that ingests it. Many auto parts stores and some other retailers that sell oil and antifreeze will take your wastes if you bought the replacement fluid from them, check before you buy.
Posted on Apr 04, 2009
Most major Autoparts stores will get the Diagnostic codes from car computer and give you info on why light is on and what the problem is.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
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