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No spark on no. 1 & 4 cylinders

No spark on No. 1 & 4 plug wires

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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Mar 03, 2013

    Just a question, when did it stop firing? Did you replace the plug wires? If so, you have #1 and #4 wires crossed. Are you saying you have no spark by having the plug pulled from the spark plug and not seeing any spark?

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Sounds like you may need to replace the 1 / 4 cylinder ignition coil. This is the most common solution to paired cylinder misfires.

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Bad coil...you didn't list your motor size so it is either ignition module or coil.

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The removal of # 3 & # 4 tells you those cylinders are
contributing the most ,as removing the wire causes the motor
to stop
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is no change

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