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4.6L engine misfiring. Causes?

Why is my 4.6L engine misfiring. It has 79,000 miles. And, are there things I can do to diagnose the problem or rule things out myself. 1999 mercury.

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i think that is random misfire.
what is the question,
how to diagnose it?, read the FSM.
or who can fix it, answer any ASE mechanic on earth can.

open the FSM what does it say about 300s.
all say the same thing. MISFIRE GROSS and random cylinders.
and can be bad engine compression bad ,bad spark or bad fueling.

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1: never ever doing the 60k mile service, not EVEN new spark plugs.
2: lean AFR. (1 example, low fuel presssure) for dirty MAF if it has one.
3:rich Air fuel ratios. (or flooding) causing misfire, high fuel pressure.
too high, (horrible clogged up air filter? extreme)
4: cam timing way off, cam belt slip or even a chain, if deaf.
#4 cause huge drop in compression.

That is the why, there are more.
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needs help or sensors read wrong using a SCAN TOOL.
does cooling system (engine) hit 180F or more. hold there.
if not it will rich misfire.
using a real scan tool shows all DTCs codes stored. other wrong or cheap tools will miss lots of factory code.s

good luck.

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Misfire codes (including P0301 (THIS WOULD BE YOUR CODE), P0302, P0303, P0304, P0305, P0306, P0307 & P0308) indicate that there is a misfire in a cylinder, the last number indicates which cylinder has the problem. If something is causing a miss in random cylinders or is affecting all of them, a P0300 misfire code will be stored in the car's computer. It's always smart to begin with the basics. Also consider the mileage and service history when diagnosing a misfire. Higher mile vehicles are more inclined to have mechanical issues with the engines, like low compression from worn valves or rings etc. Any accompanying codes should also be considered in case they may be related. If the spark plugs are worn (excessive gap) or the car is past due for a tune up, it may be smart to go ahead and start with spark plugs and spark plug wires and go from there.
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  8. Contaminated fuel or bad fuel pump
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I am having ongoing problems with the truck miss firing and rough running. Timing is ok, replaced cap and rotor,coil. It still starts rough,idles rough and misses when at cruising speed,although it seems...

Misfire is a common driveability problem that may or may not be easy to diagnose, depending on the cause. A misfiring cylinder in a four-cylinder engine is, pardon the pun, hard to miss. The loss of 25% of the engine's power output is the equivalent of a horse trying to run on three legs. The engine may shake so badly at idle that it causes vibrations that can be felt in the steering wheel and throughout the vehicle. The engine also may be hard to start and may even stall at idle, depending on the accessory load (air conditioning, headlights and electric rear defroster, for example).

When misfire occurs, performance suffers along with fuel economy, emissions and idle quality. And, when a misfiring vehicle is subjected to an emissions test, it will usually fail because of the unusually high levels of hydrocarbons (HC) in the exhaust.

What causes a cylinder to misfire? Basically, it's one of three things: loss of spark; the air/fuel mixture is too far out of balance to ignite; or loss of compression. Loss of spark includes anything that prevents coil voltage from jumping the electrode gap at the end of the spark plug. Causes include worn, fouled or damaged spark plugs, bad spark plug wires or even a cracked distributor cap. A weak coil or excessive rotor gas inside a distributor would affect all cylinders, not just a single cylinder.

"Lean misfire" can occur when the air/fuel mixture is too lean (not enough gasoline in the mixture) to burn. This can be caused by a dirty, clogged or inoperative fuel injector; air leaks; or low fuel pressure because of a weak pump, restricted filter or leaky pressure regulator. Low fuel pressure would affect all cylinders rather than an individual cylinder, as would most air leaks. A leaky EGR valve can also have the same effect as an air leak.

Loss of compression means the cylinder loses most of its air/fuel mixture before it can be ignited. The most likely causes here are a leaky (burned) exhaust valve or a blown head gasket. If two adjacent cylinders are misfiring, it's likely the head gasket between them has failed. Also, if an engine is overheating or losing coolant, it's likely the head gasket is the culprit.

Intermittent misfires are the worst kind to diagnose because the misfire comes and goes depending on engine load or operating conditions. They seem to occur for no apparent reason. The engine may only misfire and run rough when cold but then smooth out as it warms up. Or, it may start and idle fine but then misfire or hesitate when it comes under load. Also, it may run fine most of the time but suddenly misfire or cut out for no apparent reason. Intermittent misfires can be a real challenge to diagnose, so let's start with a steady misfire in one cylinder before moving on to intermittent misfires.

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