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4.6 L V Northstar engine problem. (Idle is rough (but not extreme). Changed spark plugs and it got a little better. Idles at 675 R.P.M. No problem with acceleration. Upon slowing down I feel the engine rough idle the most. My local Mechanic sad I need to change the coil packs. Hard to believe that though. Also changed coil boots (spark plug wires). Added an injector cleaner but no change. Diagnostic tool (OBDII) revealed cylinders #1 and #2 are running too lean? Of course the engine service light is on. Any suggestions?

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  • Gene May 12, 2017

    Hi Robert H Danelson, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? You may have partially blocked injectors on 1 and 2 cylinders.

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SOURCE: Check engine light on

There are three kinds of gasoline engine misfire scenarios, first there is the "under load" misfire and there is the "at engine idle" misfire, and finally there is misfire continuously. All engine misfires exist because one of three things has occurred. First, a cylinder has lost compression, a cylinder needs a certain amount of compression to operate correctly. Second, the ignition system has failed or is failing intermittently, spark is needed at the time of compression to ignite the fuel air mixture. Third, the fuel air mixture is incorrect, proper mixture is needed for the ignition system to ignite fuel properly. If any of these conditions occur in the engine, the engine will misfire.
1. Low or no compression can be caused by

a. burned or leaking intake or exhaust valves
b. worn or broken piston or piston rings
c. worn out camshaft
d. wrong weight motor oil was installed holding the cam followers from adjusting
e. broken valve spring
f. failed head gasket.
2. Ignition system has failed or is failing
a. spark plug has fouled or is worn out
b. ignition coil
has failed
c. spark plug wires have shorted
e. engine control module coil driver has failed
3. Fuel/Air Mixture is incorrect
a. vacuum leak at the intake manifold
b. fuel injector has failed
c. EGR valve is stuck open
d. mass air flow sensor has failed
e. oxygen sensor has failed
f. air intake boot is cracked

common problems:
1. fuel injector has failed or is failing
2. spark plug wire has shorted
3. spark plug is worn out or is cracked
4. ignition coil has failed is failing

Testing a coil on the car is pretty easy. No special tools are required. Just remember to be careful, the amount of electricity generated by your ignition system can be dangerous. If your coil is already off the car, or if you would like a more specific data-driven test, you can bench test your coil. To set up the test, remove one spark plug wire from its plug, then remove the spark plug using a spark plug socket. Next put the spark plug back into the spark plug wire. Be careful not to let anything drop into the empty spark plug hole -- very bad.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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SOURCE: Check engine light comes on. p0171 and p0351 codes found

From Lusty Kid:

I know the economy is bad, but change all of the plugs. Check your PCV Valve hose, 150 rottens them out allowing air to be sucked in, thus all kinds of codes.

Depending on mileage. Dismount the EGR valve and clean passages. If you are really good dismount the throtle position sensor body and clean out passages with Choke Cleaner., dismount where the EGR valves connects to the engine, clean out passages. Also check the hose thats behind this mounting to ensure is not clogged. If clogged clean it out. If not replace it. Is about 1.5 ft. long, connects to the PCV Valve Hose.

When is the last time you change your harness. Can't remember??? Replace it. Good Luck

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

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SOURCE: loss of power on acceleration. engine bucking.

check transmission fluid.change fuel filter and air filter.try changing up on where you buy gas .because bad gas causes problems.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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SOURCE: I own a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer with 4200 vortec

Do you know if the plugs were changed, a bad or broken plug will also cause rough idle and slow acceleration?

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