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Dash engine light on--has no pick up---went to autozone --ran test-cil wire #4 NG--TOOK CAR TO FIRESTONE--they said they would replace wires, coil tune up $1300-no thanks--went to sears --they ran a diagostic---replace alll wires & coil they got a differnt reading than auto zone---could not fix it--put alll old parts back--stated that there was aTSB on it that I had to go to a dealer---help 2003 madza tribute --only 40000 miles on it--not driven to often--mostly a winter car

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If you have the 4 cylinder engine, I would start by installing new Spark plugs and spark plug wires, and then drive it for a while and see if it fixes the problem.

If you have the 6 cylinder engine, you could try replacing the Cylinder number 4 ignition coil, which is a coil on plug. When not replaced, the vehicle could experience any of the following: no/hard start, long crank time, misfire, lack of power, inconsistent transmission shift points, spark plug fouling, catalytic converter failure, poor fuel economy, CEL/MIL illumination.

After fixing the problem, the check engine light will still be illuminated. The Check Engine Light should go off after driving at highway speeds for around half an hour or so, as long as the problem is resolved. If the light doesn't go away, please stop by Autozone again and have them recheck the codes. Let me know how this goes, and I will continue to help you resolve this issue.

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