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Old 10-22-2013, 09:06   #1 (permalink)
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Misfire Problem (Code 306, nothing working)

96 Mercury Sable
3.0L/V6 (12V, not 24)
Around 111,000 miles

I started out getting a 301 code, signaling a misfire in the first cylinder. So since I have never tuned it up since I bought it 2 years ago, I replaced the plugs and wires, which fixed the problem for 2 days. Then, I got a 306, and my car started to flash CEL and jerk when accelerating/idling. I replaced the coil pack, but that did not do anything.

I am still getting the 306 code and the car is still jerking when driving. I honestly have no idea what it could be, other than maybe measurement errors. I have been driving on a misfire for about 2 weeks now so I need to get this fixed ASAP. Any input is welcome. Thanks.
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Re: Misfire Problem (Code 306, nothing working)

Could be a gasket leak on the lower intake manifold. How's your coolant level?
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Well I actually had a coolant leak a month ago, but I was able to epoxy that and have not had a problem with it since. Do you think this could be related to the misfire?
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Even a small weep on a lower intake gasket from the coolant to the intake can cause misfire. If you're still losing coolant or showing white smoke, it might be worth the look.
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Are you sure you didn't crack a plug or anything doing the tuneup? Pull the plug and recheck


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Actually have not checked the individual plug, been busy so have been using a spare vehicle at the moment so i'll check when i get home from work...is that a common occurence? it does make sense that the plug might have cracked since i am not getting a 306 instead of the initial 301...i hope to god it is not anything involving the gasket/coolant because i'm screwed if it is.
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Are you sure you didn't crack a plug or anything doing the tuneup? Pull the plug and recheck


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Welp, looks like you were right. Cannot believe I didn't think of this myself haha. I changed it yesterday and now it seems to be running fine, I'm just scared that it might crack like my last one did. If so, what could then be the problem? I would not want to keep changing a spark plug every few days haha
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Honestly it probably was cracked in the box or when you put it in.


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