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If plugs ok then chec cond of cable-they wear out--make sure things r in contact and no corrosion in ign system-specially coil get a shop book-it explains the electronic points

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Four cylinder engine with four spark plugs


A four-cylinder engine has four spark plugs. An important part of the power-generating process, each spark plug is responsible for igniting the fuel and air mixture inside of its cylinder. At the beginning of a stroke, a piston moves downward in its cylinder, drawing in a precise mixture of gas and air. After reaching the bottom, the piston moves back up, heavily compressing the mixture. Once it reaches the top, the spark plug ignites the mixture, and the explosion forces the piston down into the cylinder. This mechanical movement is harnessed and used to power the vehicle. Some large engines may have two spark plugs per cylinder to ensure that complete combustion is achieved and maximum power is generated.

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How to diagnose a cylinder misfire


First do a compression test on that cylinder to verify there is no internal engine problems and compression on the misfiring cylinders is the sameas the other cylinders. If compression is good verify spark on that cylinder is as good as the spark on the other cylinders if not replace the spark plug and wire, if spark is still weak replace coil. If problem is still no or weak spark then you have a wiring problem on that cylinder. If spark is good use a LED testlight to verify the circuit has good power and ground pulsating on the injector circuit, if not you have a wiring problem if the circuit is working like it should replace the injector. If everything is good up to this point you likely have a leaking intake manifold gasket.

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Why is there a cylinder 2 misfire?


Check these three things in the misfiring cylinder: spark, gas, and compression. One of them is wrong or missing. For spark check the spark plug and wire. Make sure you have spark on the plug wire, a strong blue spark. For gas, the fuel/air mixture may be wrong. Does the fuel injector pulse, putting gas into the cylinder? Possibly you may have a leaking injector or a clogged injector.

If gas and spark seem okay, you need to check compression in the cylinder. Low compression will cause a misfire. If compression is 20 or 25% lower than adjacent cylinders, that could be causing a misfire. For example, say numbers 1 and 3 cylinders had about 150 psi compression. 80% of 150 = 120, so if cylinder 2 is 120psi or less, that could be setting the misfire code. Low compression can be caused by valves not seating well, or bad piston rings, bad head gasket- something in the combustion area of the cylinder is losing compression.

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Idles rough cylinders 13 and 5 have spark to the plug but it makes no difference when I unplug them


couple of possibilities one is that the spark plugs themselves are grounding the insufficient gap so it's not actually generating a spark other possibility is the spark plug boot or tube is our King instead of the spark plug I had two similar situation on a6 cylinder car one of them the piston ended up touching the spark plug and broke the gap another one was that the spark plug boot the long boot going into the cylinder head itself had a voltage Leak and was arching against the cylinder head good luck

Feb 04, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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97 plymoth neon crank sensor


If there is spark to cylinders 2 & 3 than it is not the cranks sensor. Cylinder 1 & 4 are on the same coil and cylinders 2 & 3 are on the other coil. Replacing lithe coil pack will likely solve you lack of spark on cylinders 1 & 4.

Apr 08, 2013 | 1997 Plymouth Neon

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One of the cylinder is getting no spark


I would first pull the spark plug from that cylinder and check the ground electrode to make sure it doesn't visably look fouled. I would then (if you haven't already) leave the spark plug out of the cylinder, attach it to the plug wire and place it somewhere where you can see and inspect for a spark while someone cranks your motor over. You should have a white or blueish colored spark if it;s good or a red/orange if there is a weak spark. If you have a weak spark take out another spark plug and test it in your problem cylinder, if you now get spark it was a fouled plug if not you may also try the first plug on the other plug wire from the second spark plug you removed to rule out a bad plug wire. If you're 0 for 2 at this point you may have a problem with the ignition coil or the wiring going to the ignition coil for that cylinder.

Feb 23, 2011 | 2001 Dodge Caravan

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How many spark plugs does a 2003 kia spectra have?


Your car is 4 cylinders that means its has 4 spark plugs if its 6 Cylinders that means you have 6 park plugs and if its 8 Cylinders That means you have 8 spark plugs and if you have 12 Cylinders that means you have 12 spark plugs. Every cylinder has a spark plug. Hope this helps and if you got more questions Feel free to ask. Good luck

Dec 27, 2010 | 2003 Kia Spectra

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How to change the spark plugs on peugeot 406 v6 3l coupe is this straight forward like a 4 cylinder car


1. Spark plugs removal

1.1. Front cylinder bank spark plugs removal:
1.1.1. Disconnect the battery from car terminals.
1.1.2. Remove the engine plastic cover.
1.1.3. Disconnect the ignition coils electrical supply cable and all three coils connectors.
1.1.4. Remove all three ignition coils screws.
1.1.5. Remove all three ignition coils out from cylinder head.
1.1.6. Remove all three spark plugs out from cylinder head (straight forward).

1.2. Back cylinder head bank spark plugs removal:
1.2.1. Remove the inlet manifold out from cylinder head.
1.2.2. Disconnect all three ignition coils connectors.
1.2.3. Remove all three ignition coils screws.
1.2.4. Remove all three ignition coils out from cylinder head.
1.2.5. Remove all three spark plugs out from cylinder head (straight forward).

2. Spark plugs installation

2.1. Refit all in reverse order.
2.2. Spark plugs tightening torque = 2,8 +/- 0,3 daN.m
2.3. Ignition coils tightening torque = 0,8 +/- 0,2 daN.m

Nov 16, 2010 | 2005 Peugeot 405

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2000 NEON NOT FIRING ON THE #1 CILENDER


#1 cylinder not firing, check spark plug, spark plug wire, remove spark plug and use a compression tester, and check the compression of that cylinder. should have at least 65 pounds of compression per cylinder. If the compression is low, you may try shooting a little oil in to that cylinder, replace spark plug, and try running motor again. if the compression is low on said cylinder, could be due to bad piston rings. requiring a motor rebuild.

Nov 08, 2010 | 2000 Dodge Neon

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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.

To explain further, wasted spark means that when a cylinder is ready to fire, it gets a spark to its spark plug while part of the spark (from the same coil and current) as a sort of copy is also sent to another cyclinder at the same time but when the piston in that cylinder is exhausting its ignited gases 180 degrees out of phase from when its spark is needed. When the second cylinder is ready to fire and receives its "spark, the first cyclinder the also receivesa "wasted" spark "copy" of the one needed by the second cylinder. Economy is achieved in manufacture because otherwise electronics would have to turn on and off four different spark coils to distribute four different sparks as needed to the four cylinders. With wasted sparks (which are cheap), because the spark current of one coil is connected (internally in the ignition coil unit) to two cylinders that are in the same position but 180 degrees out of phase in firing, the system can turn on and off two spark coils twice as fast with half the electronics and fire two cylinders that are 180 degrees out of phase. A four cylinder engine thus uses only two coils, a six cylinder engine, three coils, etc., in a wasted spark system.

Jul 27, 2008 | Subaru Legacy Cars & Trucks

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