Originally Posted by Thorb
Thanks for the link for the fuel filter info. ... it will come in very handy.
now I just need the resistance numbers to do some testing when the weather gets better ... one thing this problem is doing is keeping me from wasting gas through quick accelleration.
Hope this will help you out.
How to Test Sparkplug Wires | eHow.com
If you own or have access to a Chilton's manual it will give you the resistances for the coil. If you don't have a Chilton's or can't get hold of one let me know and I'll look them up for you and post them or if you'll provide your email I can scan the pages from the Chilton's and send them to you in an email, but the coil's resistances can be OK yet the coil still be bad. I recently had a misfire on #4 cylinder in my '02 Escort SE, the coil's resistances all tested good, but the coil was defective. If the wires are long enough to switch the wires on cylinders 1 & 2 alternate the wires and reset the ECU, if the misfire moves to cylinder #2 you have a bad wire. Same for a plug move the #1 plug to another cylinder reset the ECU and see if the misfire moves to the cylinder with the #1 plug in it. If you have the Chilton's manual it also gives specifications on testing the cam/crank/MAF/TP sensors. If your problem ends up being a coil and you have another car to drive until you can get the parts there are sellers on ebay that sell the coil for about $25. including shipping. The local Advance Auto Parts wanted $70. for a new coil, I ordered one off ebay for $24.49 including shipping.
Here's a link that was provided to me to help with my #4 misfire. All the same should apply to a cylinder #1 misfire.