Shakes or Wobbles problem
1992 Nissan 240SX 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 170000 miles
background: I dd a 92 240sx with the original ka. Bought it with 104k miles now it has 173k miles. Earlier this year, I noticed that SOMETIMES my car had a trouble starting up. It misfires/sluggish the first 3 seconds of startup and then idles normally (~800rpm) and the engine check light appeared. I thought I might be leaking fuel so I decided that I was going to replace the o-rings on the fuel injectors. Never got to replacing it because of the busy school schedule. The car runs perfectly and I noticed that this problem only appears during cold start.
After coming from a 5 day vacation last month, I started my car and the misfiring was still present and I figured to check which cylinder was out. The problem appeared to be on cylinder 3 where there were no changes in the rough idle after I pulled the #3 plug wires.
I checked the ecu and came out to be code 35 (weird) which was the code for the egr I believe.(But how would the egr affect the #3 cylinder?). I cleaned the egr and reset the ecu but the problem was still present.
This time, I check if my injectors were functioning correctly. Again, #3 injector was out so I replaced it with a rebuilt injector. Started up the car again, and cylinder 3 was still out.I then tried to check for compression on all cylinders and got 180,185,180,180. I dont understand what is happening and is frustrating me.
I replaced numerous parts already (new plug wires, new oem spark plugs, rebuilt distributor cap)and I am still getting a dead #3 cylinder.
misfires on #3 cylinder
checked fuel injector: #3 was bad. Removed and replaced, now all injectors work fine
checked compression: ~180 across the board
replaced plug, wires, cap
i tried another compression tester (from autozon) to see if maybe the one that I used (borrowed from my friend) might be off. I got the following results
that takes care of the compression problem. But as I was removing the spark plug. I noticed the the #3 plug (the cylinder that was misfiring) hasn't even gone off yet. What I mean by that is I do not see any signs of the plug firing.
what else could be wrong? I put new oem plugs, Brand new plug wires, new cap, and I also recently swapped the ecu from a different running car.
i did the noid light test last night on all four. It lights up, so im assuming the harness works.I tried swapping the injector harness (i put #4 to #3) to maybe verify if the harness works and #3 is still dead.
I bought new distributor rotor since they only cost $10.#3 still dead
i tried swapping plug wires to check maybe the one that I got is defective. Still dead
i tried swapping plugs, #3 still dead
could a bad distributor cause only 1 cylinder to misfire?
since I am getting good, consistent compression on all 4 cylinders, could a valve be stuck? Intake valve stuck (not getting air=no combustion but holds compression?)?
sensor problem? --> If it is, but why only one cylinder consistently?
have the same problem?
Thursday, August 28th, 2008 AT 5:51 PM