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Skipping while accelerating

Auto zone said cylinder 1 misfiring, so i change all spark plugs and wires, and everytime i change gears and push gas, car still skips.

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  • snookbf Feb 20, 2009

    HAVENT TRIED REPLACING THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP, COULD THAT BE THE PROBLEM ?

  • littledove67 Mar 21, 2009

    I just purchased a used 2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 and the engine has a bad miss especially if you leave the OD on. Husband checked spark plug and attachments. Any other suggestions? It is a great used car other than this problem.

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    Did you try replacing the distributor cap also?

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What engine do you have? 4 or 6 cylinder? If you can find the distributer cap on your 6 cylinder tribute, then you don't have a 6 cylinder. They are only coil on plug, so no dist cap. coil on each cylinder. try moving the coil from cylinder #1 to another cylinder and see if the problem follows, if it does, then replace that coil. If not, then there is something wrong with cylinder number one or the wiring that runs the coil or the injector. On an 01 V6 tribute I worked on forever before finding a broken wire at the ECM that ran the ground side of the coil. It would occasionally make contact and the car would run ok, but then other times it wouldn't make contact at all and the car would stumble and stutter and usually stall. Try moving the coil around first. Ford dealers sell the replacement pigtail to repair the ECM connection if neccessary. You need to be very specific when you ask for it. It's a little tiny wire lead and it's like $10-$15, but it's the only way you can fix a computer wiring harness.

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I would first remove it and look to see what the inside looks like .. if there is pitting, deposits, etc inside and on the contacts .. yes .. replace it ..

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    Jay Glendenning Feb 20, 2009

    If this works I would appreciate a FixYa rating .. Thanks .. Crayz



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