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Low compression in 2 cylinders

I have a 98 Cavalier with a 2200 motor and it just started skipping all of a sudden and i thought it might have been a coil pack so i changed both, still did it, changed the wires and plugs, still did it so i went do to the local garage and got it put on the computer.... it said there was a problem with the injector so i thought i found it because when i pulled the plug off the #4 injector it didn't make a difference in the cars rough idling so i changed the injector....still did it so i though it might be a valve so i did a compression test and cylinders 1 and 2 had 174 psi in them so i tried cylinders 3 and 4 and they both had 124 psi????? think it might be a head gasket but people say when it goes between cylinders its usually around 70 psi??? any ideas lol

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Also check for cracked block ... not common but does happen

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Not the difference shoulD NOT be more than 10psi and some may say 20 psi. I SAY 10psi between each cylinder if this is 50 psi difference then you have at least a head gasket problem. But when you remove head have it check by a machine shop for cracks and warpage in head. Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA.

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You could also do a compression test to see if you have low compression on one or more cylinders.

Please post your progress



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