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2003 Matrix P1300 error code - Engine cuts out randomly

I have a 2003 AWD model that runs perfectly one day, then randomly cuts out the next. The check engine light will go on with a P1300 error code and the vehicle stalls out. If I wait a while, the car will start running fine again and after a bit the check engine light will turn off. The problem seems very random, but when it does happen I think it is usually after the car has been running for about 10 minutes.
The problem seems to just come and go.

Thanks,
S. Deffenbaugh

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  • Shane Deffenbaugh May 14, 2009

    I believe it is a bad coil. Is that a common problem? We moved the coils around, and it took a few days to get the error again, but the code changed to P1315, so I assume that indicates the problem is a coil that has now changed position?



    Thanks,

    Shane

  • Shane Deffenbaugh May 14, 2009

    Answer was great!

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Basically, your PCM (onboard computer) is having difficulty communicating with IGT and IGF (ignition components). The problem is that when the ignition components stop transmitting/receiving signals from the PCM, your ignition timing ceases or is thrown off to the point where the car stalls. Below is the technical explanation:

Possible Causes:

  • IGT or IGF1 signal circuit is open between the igniter and PCM
  • IGT or IGF1 signal circuit is shorted to ground
  • Igniter is damaged or has failed
  • PCM has failed
Assuming your PCM is ok, then the problem lies within the communications or the ignition coils themselves. A faulty component won't fail all the time which is why your car will run perfectly at times and fail at other times. A service call or diagnosis by a Tech savvy mechanic is in order. I hope this shed some light on your problem and wish you the best of luck.

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