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Rough idle p0304 code. Light steady then flashes. many part repla

My van has been misfiring and idling mildly to etremely ruff at times. The check engine light comes on steady and then when the van warms up, while it is in park the light will blink over and over and once in drive go back to steady. I keep getting a code of P0304 (Cylinder 4 misfire). I since have replaced the following: Spark plugs, spark plug wires, coil pack, Drained oil and filter, fuel injectors, fuel rail and fuel rail wiring harness. I also replaced the MAP sensor and I took the EGR Exhaust valve off along with the back preasure pipe and flushed them both clean with carb cleaner. After that the P0304 code went away and the van was idleing nice and smooth. I scanned for codes and no codes came back and the code reader also said MIL off. About 2 hours later the P0304 code came back. What else can I do to fi this error code? Are there any other parts or sensors I can change? I only cleaned the EGR and soaked it in carb cleaner and removed the carbon and rust, could the EGR be faulty and work when it wants to on and off?
I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan with 134,000 Miles.
Suprisingly besides that one code of P0304 the van runs fine.
I try to keep up on my maintanence, besides what I list as changing ABOVE I also flushed the tranny and filter, flushed the coolant.
One more question is, when I cleaned the EGR with carb cleaner I also opened the intake valve and sprayed om carb clener in there could that cause a rich reading?

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    John McCallum Feb 07, 2010

    thanks. I was just urious as to what could cause a p0304 code beside what I alread replaced.

  • John McCallum
    John McCallum Feb 09, 2010

    thanks for the response. Is there anything you can tell me about the 304 code. Anything you know of that can cause it besides plugs and wires?
    I can afford the labor charges of a shop and definately cant afford the dealership. It runs fine with the code, idles a little ruff and have to sacrafice a little power but thats pretty much it. I just want to get that code off. About that gauge to monitor performance that you were talking about. Can I buy one, install and use it and check performance readings as I drive? Does it show stuff like spark, hp, etc?

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I also have the same problem with my 2002 caravan 3.3L. Misfire on cylinder #5 (P0305). Replaced ignition plugs & wires, intake manifold gasket, plenum gasket, fuel filter, air filter, cleaned fuel injectors, swapped fuel injector #5 to #1. After all these, I have no more DTC code but the symptom of misfire is still there, the idle is rough and I can feel the misfire even if I step on the gas when in park or neutral. Please let me know what to do next. Thanks!

Posted on Jun 16, 2010

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A Generic 304 as you know is a misfire on #3 plug. I have no idea why you would replace a fuel rail,more than one injector or switch them around first and the wiring harness ,MAP etc. I understand all your saying, but let the parts replacement get ahead of theory and logic. How about the TPS and also get a manual on the veh systems and find someome with a professional scanner with oscilloscope capabilities and road test with it hooked up. Also road test with fuel pressure gauge on windshield so you can watch that. Disconnect the EGR and forget the new codes and see if the 304 goes away. Never replace a part until you have a method of testing to confirm it is somewhat defective and possibly one of several issues you may have. Try to sneak up one some ideas by asking techs at dealership or local garage without explaining any knowledge you have or what you have done and you are by far a very knowledgable person. Stay with it and let me know if you find or lean more and I'll get back if I can help

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