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What can i do to fix my '96 Saturn SL1 3rd cylinder misfire

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I would start the cheap way of swapping the position of the two identical coils, if the misfire moves to another cylinder then you have a bad coil. If the misfire stays on the same cylinder I would put in new plugs and wires. If the 3rd cylinder plug is covered in poo, then you may have some corruption of that cylinder and ignition is not your issue.

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    Brandon Petrilla Dec 06, 2010

    First thing i would do is take out the spark plug for cylinder 3 and inspect it, then swap the plug to another cylinder along with the spark plug wire, if the misfire remains in the same cylinder try swapping the fuel injector with another one from another cylinder if the cylinder still is misfiring take all the spark plugs out and perform a compression test to see what mechanical condition the engine is in the compression shouldnt be any lower them 180 PSI for that engine if the numbers are considerably lower your engine is probably just tired and a rebuild is in order or a replacement engine from a salvage yard....

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