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Code reading a misfire on cylinder 4, fuel injector is spaying fuel but computer is not reading it. What would cause this? Can it be fixed?
How the computer determines a misfire is through a lagging effect in the crankshaft turning-when one cylinder is not producing power, the crankshaft doesn't turn as fast, and the computer senses it through the crankshaft sensor.
Misfires are usually a fuel problem, spark problem, or a low compression problem. Compare the spark at #4 with the other cylinders-all should have a blue, snapping spark. If good spark, check the spark plug -it might be defective. Compare the spark plug in #4 with the others. If it has a black sooty appearance, it is running rich-injector may be leaking. If the lower insulator on #4 is whiter than the other plugs, it is running lean, and the injector may be partially clogged, or not pulsing well.
If gas and spark is good, do an engine compression test. If #4 has low compression, it could be a valve problem, or worn piston rings, or a head gasket failure.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
This can be verified with a compression test if this is what is causing it.
Posted on Feb 05, 2009
A P0306 code means that the car's computer
has detected that one of the engine's cylinders is not firing properly. In this case it's cylinder #6.
Symptoms may include:
the engine may be harder to start
the engine may stumble / stumble, and/or hesitate
other symptoms may also be present
A code P0306 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
Faulty spark plug or wire
Faulty coil (pack)
Faulty oxygen sensor(s)
Faulty fuel injector
Burned exhaust valve
Faulty catalytic converter(s)
Running out of fuel
If there are no symptoms, the simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back.
If there are symptoms such as 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 wires, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the catalytic converter has gone bad. If you smell rotten eggs in the exhaust, your cat converter needs to be replaced. I've also heard in other cases the problems were faulty fuel injectors.
Posted on Feb 15, 2010
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The ECM is very possible.I assume cylinder 4 injector is providing gas?The connection for cylinder 1 is probably a connector with pins correct?If you can bypass the ECM,that would get you closer if not give the answer.I would try using a wire straight from the battery to the injector electric somehow without damaging the wires.For years,if i had an extension cord which was old,I cut off the ends and save it just for troubleshooting occasions like this is a good example.If you do the bypass,try to hold the wire with something other than skin.I have leather gardening gloves,pliers.The gloves are better for steadiness and pliers are metal.It is not likely that it should melt but doing electrical work for so many years,an ounce of prevention is worth way way more than a pound of cure.If it did melt,it would stick and probably a couple weeks worth of pain.I would like to know how you make out.If you reply back to this post I will get an autolink to your post.Good luck! Greg
P.S.Was your error code from the car's own system and not a shop?I am trying to figure out what year that system started.
Posted on Sep 18, 2010
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