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I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier with a 2.2 Liter engine. the car is idling rough and when i'm driving down the road i can only give it about half throttle before it starts bogging down the engine, the check engine light comes on and off whenever it feels like i guess. the code the check engine is misfire on 1 and 3 cylinder. I have replaced the fuel filter, plugs, wires, crankshaft positioning sensor, Coils, and ign module. No catalic convertor, it was removed a year ago. The compression on all the cylinders is fine.

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  • zzzglong Nov 18, 2009

    Used inline spark plug tester. Sparks on 1 and 4 Intermittent. Plugs will fire nicely for a minute then stop for a minute or two or a second or two then fire nicely some more. At point when they were not firing, Every time I beat on the fuse/relay box that contains ac and fuel pump relay the plugs start firing for a few moments then nothing. Maybe a coincicence. Not sure. But now I know fuel system not the problem. Anymore suggestions? My next step is to look into fuse box. Thanks

  • zzzglong Nov 18, 2009

    Air filter changed last week.

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This sounds like a classic fuel system problem. Manually check your 1 & 3 plugs to prove /disprove the code. If they're OK, which I'll bet they are, check the fuel pump. If it tests good then you have a fouled gas tank, I'll bet. Especially if you live in the Northwest. If you let it sit with low fuel, the extra air space lets condensation form, causing rust and moisture in your gas. Usually changing the fuel filter will give you some temporory improvement if this is the problem. If it didn't then it could be your air intake not delivering enough flow to give it the proper fuel/air ratio. When's the last time you changed the air filter?

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Sounds maybe like your Mass Air Flow Sensor could be at fault it is responsible for adjusting the amount of fuel delivered to each cylinder by the amount of air and the temperature and the charge. try either getting some Mass Air cleaner available at any auto parts store for around 3$. This should fix your problem.

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You're probably reaching the end of what can be done at home. However, here are the next steps if you can do them. If the coil pack has 3 wires leading to it on is the power and the other two are the ground wires that the computer uses to fire the coils in pairs. If there are 4 wires, there is a separate power for each coil. If there are three, you need to check for continuity between the ground for the intermittent coil and the ECM (computer) If there are 4, you also need to check that the power is consistent. It's also possible that the ECM is going bad -- depending on where it is located in that vehicle, tapping on the fusebox may vibrate it. GM used to actually tell us to smack the ECM to check for problems in it! Good luck, as I said this may be beyond what most "shadetree mechanics" are able to do without special tools and wiring diagrams.

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