Running rough

Tiny
JH3463
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  • 2003 HONDA ODYSSEY
  • 164,000 MILES
My wife's car, a 2003 Honda Odyssey. She says there has been no problems with it. 3 days ago she drove it home from the high school (less than 1/4 mile from home) and said that it was running rough and smelled like it was burning. Of course she told me when I was running out the door for work (I work 48 hours at a time). I check the oil level and it would not register on the dipstick. I put 2 quarts of oil in and it did not even touch the bottom indicator (lowest hole) on the dipstick. The van remained unmoved until this morning when I got home. I performed an oil change with filter, air filter and park plug change. Now no burning smell but car is still idling and running rough. Emissions indicator flashes when accelerating but is on constant when not accelerating. The Traction Control indicator is also on.

Any ideas? If I take it to a dealer, it's $126.00 just for the diagnostic. Being a firefighter, I need to be frugal with money. Thanks
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Sunday, May 26th, 2013 AT 12:24 PM

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Tiny
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Go to the parts stores, such as Autozone etc. They would retrieve the trouble code for you free of charge.

Do not attempt any repairs nor replacement of parts at this moment. Let us have the codes and we will see what needs to be done.
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Sunday, May 26th, 2013 AT 5:42 PM
Tiny
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Sorry for the delay. I went to Advanced Auto Parts. They read the codes as cylinder misfire 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and multiple misfires.
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 11:44 AM
Tiny
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Multiple misfires can be due to many factors and you shoudl start with the basics. Check the spark plugs and related components.
Ensure the air cleaner is good and not clogged.
Check the fuel pressure.
Any possibility of putting bad gas into tank?
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 7:15 AM
Tiny
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Fixed, It was the holiday weekend and I couldn't wait for a reply. Sorry. I took the van to the Auto Parts House and they ran the codes. It said multiple misfires and pending misfires )or something like that). Anyway, I started the engine and began removing coil connectors and found that #6 was bad. I switched #6 with #4 and then #1. The same coil pack was bad. The problem followed the pack. Solved my running rough and the TCS light on the dash. The check engine light (Emissions light) was still on so I disconnected the negative battery, waited then depressed the brake and restarted the engine. The check engine light is out now. Preventive: I changed all spark plugs, engine oil and filter, EGR valve, Timing belt (It had never been changed) and both drive belts. Runs great. Thank you for your time.
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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 AT 5:39 AM
Tiny
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Glad to know you have fixed the problem.

Have a nice day.
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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 AT 5:56 AM

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