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I have a jeep wrangler 2.5l TBI 4 cylinder that is not firing on the third and fourth cylinders. I am getting sparks from all four wires, changed all wires, changed all plugs, checked and re-checked distributor timing, still no joy. It sputters and idles erractically. Any suggestions

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  • othello43 Apr 27, 2010

    Compression as done by my mechanic is good. Those two plugs show signs of fuel wetting them so once there are sparks, should it not fire?

  • othello43 Apr 27, 2010

    I understand fully and appreciate the suggestions. I will try them.



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Two things come to mind.

1. Spark plug wires that are shorting out to each other. Firing a plug is easier in open air. under compression it has more resistance and so is more prone to jumping to ground or to another wire that is not under compression.

2. Possible burned head gasket between 3 and 4 would also cause your symptoms.

3. Vacuum leak on that side down by 3 and 4 on the intake manifold.

Check for leaks and then to further narrow it down we need a compression test. If the compression test is normal then try a new set of wires. If that still doesnt fix it then go back to looking for the vacuum leak. Might even be an intake manifold gasket.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

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    Bryan Fullerton Apr 27, 2010

    If they are wet then they are not firing. Since the other two are then that leaves. the plugs the wires and the cap. Id bet money that the problem is there.



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