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Why am i running on 3 out of 4 cylinders??

Has spark and fuel injectors are spraying fluid. Has normal compression in that cylinder. new spark plugs and wires. new ignition coil.

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  • Josh Jan 16, 2013

    Sorry. It is a 1986 Ford ranger 4x4 2.3L. The check engine light is not on

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    Johnny Brown Jan 16, 2013

    I have run into this with the same type truck, had 3 in the past month with same problem and ended up being a bad injector. locate the dead cylinder and replace the injector. you have compression and spark and you said injectors spray but with injectors in the engine who knows what is going on. if you had a scan tool you would be able to see fuel readings and o2 sensor readings but with out that it is a guess game but if you can locate the dead cylinder and even try to swap injectors and see if the dead cylinder moves to were to put it.

  • Josh Jan 16, 2013

    We did pull the injector out and replace it with two other used ones. What i recently found out it might be is a bad intake valve.

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What year make model and engine size is this and is the check engine light on?

Posted on Jan 16, 2013

  • Josh Jan 16, 2013

    Sorry. It is a 1986 Ford ranger 4x4 2.3L. The check engine light is not on

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SOURCE: 2001 hyundai santa fe 6

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OK. just follow the number on the ignition coils.
And the number on the cylinders are.
The FIREWALL side are 1,3,5, Starting from the belts location.
The RADIATOR side are 2,4,6, Starting from the belts location.
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SOURCE: check engine light is on the code was po300

I respectfully disagree.
A P-0300 will NOT be set in a Corolla by a dirty fuel filter.
Replacing the fuel filter could be a very costly operation, as I have observed that the fuel line threads that connect to the fuel filter easuily get damaged when removing the fuel filter.

In short, don't replace the filter until you are SURE that it is the culpit.
In this case, the fuel filter is NOT the culprit..
Save your money; and your time.
Additionally, premium fuel does not clean fuel injectors. That expense would be a waste of money. The engine will actually run WORSE on premium fuel; the engine is NOT designed to run on premium. 87 or 89 (better choice/89) is the grade to use.

If you really want to track down the P-0300 code, which is a multiple/random cylinder misfire, I would look at the quality of the fuel in the car; ie water in the gas. Second, I would remove the plugs and examine them closely. A worn center electrode will also set the P-0300 code, as will bad/weak plug wires (over 5 years old).

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SOURCE: misfire in cylinder 1 2001 mercury sable

Next change swap the injector with another and see of the problem moves.  If it does it's a bad injector.  

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SOURCE: Car is running rough, afetr spark plug change

make sure no fuel is down in the spark plug ports it will short out the spark

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SOURCE: 2003 kia # 3 misfire/ runs rough

Replace the coil for number 3 cylinder.

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