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Check the firing order of the Plug leads as it is possible for this symptom to occur from crossed leads .

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What make and model of vehicle ?How many miles on it ? When does it lack power, all driving conditions or just under a load, such as going up a hill under heavy throttle ? A couple of thing's right off that it could be is a plugged catalytic converter , plugged fuel filter or a weak fuel pump. Are there any lights lite on the dash , check engine light etc.. Have you experienced any strange noises or happenings ,like engine back firing. How does the engine run ,smooth ,ruff ? Have you had spark plugs changed and wires if it has them ?

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I have 1996 isuzu rodeo , drives. looses power, dies and back fires like a shot gun,


back first to tail pipe end, not air cleaner, right.

back fire to tail
is caused by 2 reaons.
engine runs rich as a pig, and air leaks to the exhuaust.
fuel + air and flame + bam.

sounds to me you lost cam timing
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sounds like wrong firing order of the cylinders. If you have the 4 cylinder engine the firing order is 1-3-4-2. Number 1 is the end of the engine the belts are on

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if it was the firing order the car engine would be shaking real bad and the engine would backfire. try disconnect the air mass sensor. if you have a bad air mass sensor and you disconnect it, your power will return to normal.

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Lack of power, exhaust smoke and engine miss firing, EGR Valve has been removed and cleaned, new EGR Valve was fitted, made no difference, old EGR Valve refitted, car runs with no exhaust smoke and no miss...


Just an idea but the Ford Mondeo ( european car ) from which I believe your engine
is taken has a habit of splitting a low pressure tube at the back
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What is the firing order for a 2004 dodge durango


The firing order is a sequence of ignition time when the engine cylinders deliver their power-strokes starting with the number-one cylinder. If this sequence is faulty or arranged disorderly, the engine may not start at all, and if it does start, it may does so hesitatingly, or not run enough well to enable it to drive-or simply lacks the power to move. A waste of gas, and unecessary tear and wear on the engine and its critical components ultimately result. Once the firing oder is correc and in proper sequence, the engine should starts easily and promtly, running as quietly as posiible.

For Dodge 2004 Durango firing-order:
All 6-cylinder K 3.7L MFI SOHC distributorless ignition:
1-6-5-4-3-2 (front 2-4-6) (back 1-3-5)

All 8-cylinder N 4.7L SFI (including HEMI 4-WD)
1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 (front 2.4.6.8) (back 1.3.5.7)
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It is also a good thing to try and compare the thread lenghts of the old spark-plugs being replaced with the new.

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