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Misfiring 1,3,5, dodge dakota 1998

My initial problem was jerking along with cutting off at idle speed. No check engine light came on. So I changed the crankshaft sensor and the plugs,wires,distributor,rotor button and pick up sensor.But truck was checked after each to see if that was the problem.No luck. Well after a few day the the truck has not jerked but the check engine light came on and gave codes for cylinder 1,3,5 misfire.We changed the ignition coil and the IAC sensor. It is not cutting off anymore now.It drives ok but still misfiring on 1,3,5.Mechanic was thinking fuel injectors. He took the ones from 2,4,6 and swapped with 1,3,5 and it didn't work. Still misfired on 1,3,5. So he said injectors are not the problem.Another mechanic suggested the wires might have been bad, so I changed the plugs and wires. Plugs set at .040, drove it 25 minutes and check engine light came right back on. Misfire cylinders 1,3,5. I'm stumped and broke. Anyone got any ideas? Will be greatly appreciated. 1998 Dodge Dakota v6 3.9.

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What about checking for vacuum leaks or low compression or a leaking head gaskt

Posted on Jul 09, 2013

Testimonial: "Today he checked all those. The fuel pump was checked and it held at 50 the entire time.He said I didn't have any leaks and the compression was fine. I reset the codes and let truck cool. After I drive 15 to 20 minutes the check engine light comes back on. Same 1,3,5. I was thinking since it was 1,3,5 every time I may be losing compression on the drivers side. I'll have it checked again and let you know if the gasket on that side may be the problem. "

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  • Donald Jul 10, 2013

    Thanks. Problem found. Losing compression. Now gotta get the heads out and see if heads can be changed or if engine is got to be rebuilt.If it ain\'t one damn thing it\'s another.

  • Donald Jul 20, 2013

    truck fixed. Few months back the water pump went out,then a few weeks ago the motor hose busted. Apparently from thos two incidents it cause an overheating that warped the head on drivers side. Both heads were repaired just in case but I was told only one was warped. Drove great without anything so far. Fingers crossed!

  • Donald Jul 20, 2013

    Thanks to Dennis.

  • Donald Jul 29, 2013

    Boom,truck lasted only a day. Haven't been back on. Stressed out. Went to beach for a week to fish and relax. Check engine light came right back on day after head were repaired. Now I'm being told that the computer may be bad. The heads were warped before. Now the check engine light is giving misfire codes for both sides 1 3,4, 5.But not losing compression now. When I press the accelerator and release it,the truck keeps right on revving by itself and after maybe 5 seconds,it settles down to idling around 1,000 rpm.Gonna try a used computer from junk yard tomorrow and see what it does. If if does ok ,I might get a new computer or just use the one from junk yard.

  • Donald Sep 03, 2013

    Oh well, I Tried everything. Crankshaft sensor,distributor,pickup sensor,rotor button,coil,IAC sensor,fuel injectors,Had heads pulled off and reworked.Put a new computer in. All to no avail. Check engine light came right back on reading a misfire on 3,5,4,6 cylinders. It was also skipping. Idling high by itself without giving it gas.Then I pulled off the o2 sensors and found a ***** wire. Fixed that and cleaned the sensors,drove it a week and the check engine light never came back on. But I think the o2 sensors caused a fault in the computer and it read the fault as a misfire. The constant overheating,must have did more damage to the heads I had just repaired and cause the engine to start skipping again. So I just decided that it gave me 15 good years until this happened and it was time to say goodbye. Traded it in and got me a 2013 truck. Thanks to everyone who offered help. Problem Solved.

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I would check the injector. Pull the plug and check for corrosion. Use on ohm meter to check the injector. The resistance should be 11 to 15 ohms. Check it against another injector. they should be close. You can also check the injector plug. best to use is a noid light, but you can use the meter. set it to dc volts to check. the numbers should jump everytime it fires. since you got a 300 and 301 misfire it tells me that you have an intermitant misfire in cylinder 1. The other sensors are still good don't replace them. The coil is still good, because when it starts to go, it will have misfires on all cylinders or will not work at all. The crank sensor is the one that detects the misfire, again don't replace it because it's not bad, it's just doing it's job. If the injector and harness check out good then I would start check the cylinder for compression and mechanical problems

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It could be carbon deposits on valve seats keeping valves from totally closing. You can try getting you a can of motorcraft PM3 top end engine cleaner and get engine up to operating temp then remove one of the small vacuum lines from the intake and draw the contents of the can slowly into the engine.After you have drawn in the contents shut engine off and let it soak for about 45 minutes then crank it back up and let it run until it clears. Now it will smoke like a forrest fire while you are doing this so don't be alarmed,just tell the neighbors you are spraying for mosqitos.This may cure the problem. If not you may be looking at a valve job.
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A multi misfire may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
Faulty spark plug or wires, Faulty coil (pack), Faulty oxygen sensor(s), Faulty fuel injector(s), Stuck/blocked EGR valve / passages, Faulty camshaft position sensor, Defective computer.

The engine is stumbling or hesitating, check all wiring and connectors that lead to the cylinders (i.e. spark plugs). Depending on how long the ignition components have been in the car, it may be a good idea to replace them as part of your regular maintenance schedule. I would suggest spark plugs, spark plug wire, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the the problems were faulty fuel injectors. 

Random misfires that jump around from one cylinder to another (read: P030x codes) also will set a P0300 code. The underlying cause is often a lean fuel condition, which may be due to a vacuum leak in the intake manifold or unmetered air getting past the airflow sensor, or an EGR valve that is stuck open.

Good luck and hope this information helps, keep me posted, be glad to help you get the truck running 100% again. Not sure if your running a K&N air filter, and if you are there may be a flim of oil on the MAF sensor that is making you run lean. You may want to spray down the MAF sensor with a can of MAF cleaner. 

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Check the spark plug wiring . There are several places where the wires cross each other. These wire cross points MUST be at right angles to each other. Or you will have a misfiring problem.

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