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Engine running on two cylinders but has good spark on all four.

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Check fuel pressure. Fuel injectors may be the problem. Otherwise do a compression check on each cylinder. Pull plugs and see if any are wet from not firing. Could possibly be the timming belt.

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I suspect head gasket has blown on the comprression ring between two cylinders ,so its either repair it but a vehicle of this age may not be worth repairing

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It run badly when cold once warm it runs ok. I have replace coils. Plugs and fuel fliter. The codes are. P300 p301 p302 p303 p304 misfire help please

Is it a 4 cylinder engine, and all four cylinders are misfiring?

Misfires will set a code when the computer senses a lag in power output from a cylinder, based on the input from the crank position sensor. Misfires are usually caused from a loss or a problem with gas, spark, or compression-one of those three is wrong for a misfire to occur. New coils and plugs, so probably not a spark problem-unless the spark timing is wrong-let's leave that for now. You should have the fuel pressure tested, and see if pressure is as specified. If pressure is low, and you have new filter, probably a weak pump.

Check cylinder compression as a last resort. Your lowest reading cylinder should be within 75% of the highest reading cylinder. A compression test is a good indicator of the internal health of the engine, the higher the compression, the more power output from that cylinder. But it should be even and balanced, lowest should be within 75% of the highest reading.

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I have a toyota nadia d four engine with aproblem of not starting.changed pistons,valves,plugs,head gascket and oil.after that the car is cranking but not starting

If you give it time to cool off between starting attempts, it should hold up to it. If you use the starter for 15 seconds trying to start it, then give it a full minute to cool off before trying again.

Do you have compression in all cylinders? That and spark and gas is all a good-timed engine needs in order to run. Actually I would do it in this order: check for spark going to the spark plugs, if good, check that gas is getting into engine (carb or fuel injected? you would see gas coming out of either one- down the throat of the carburetor, or out the bottom of the fuel injector in a cone pattern, while cranking the engine over and watching). If spark and gas are good, then better check compression. See if your work really sealed the cylinder chambers. A compression test will verify this. Cause the next thing you will have to check is if the valve timing is right. You will need to make sure the timing marks are spot on. This may be a tedious job. Removing a few parts to check the timing marks.

So just remember, spark, gas, and compression. that's what the cylinders need to fire and run, but the timing has to be correct.

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2 cyclinders are working out of 4

You mean without taking it to a shop for repairs, or at least some diagnosing? Check for spark on all four cylinders. If two do not have a spark, the problem is in your ignition system. Possibly the ignition coil for the two not working.
If all four spark plug wires do have spark, it could be a fueling problem to the cylinders not firing, or it could be an internal mechanical problem in the engine. Then you would need professional help.
Google or watch a vid on you-tube for how to check for spark, if you are not sure.

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1990 Subaru Legacy shorted out the ignition coil. I replaced it and in less than 1 mile,it shorted out the new one.

Subaru engines (including Legacy and engines of many other automobiles, GM, etc.) have returned to so-called wasted spark ignition systems since advent of the electronic distributor-less ignition (having been used historically in early engines with magneto ignitions). With this approach, the ignition systems are less expensive and usually quite reliable. At the same time, however, a shorted spark plug (cracked or carbon clogged, etc.) (or bad ignition spark plug wire) grounds both the ignition spark and the false spark being used. This means that it also grounds the corresponding respective ignition spark of the other 180 degree out of phase cylinder (that uses the same the same coil because the spark current is connected to the spark plugs of two cylinders). Since such a defect allows more current to flow in the spark coil to two plugs when the resistance of the spark plug gap disappears due to a cracked plug, etc, it seems likely to hasten coil burn out if the spark plug/plug wire defect is not corrected before installing the new spark coil.

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