Re: '97 Escort in reverse runs like crap
301 is Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected.
Could be plug, Spark wire or igintion coil which was my case. 200's would
be injector problems. I found a new one on e-bay for $21.00 shipped. easy
to install and damn cheep fix.
"Greg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> A few years ago my wife's '97 2.0L Escort fired a P0303 (engine - cyl
> #3 misfire) code and after replacing the plugs, wires and coil pack it
> still ran like crap. FWIW, those parts (except for the coil pack) were
> due for replacement anyways. Ended up bringing the car into the shop
> and turns out the #3 fuel injector was clogged and needed replacement.
> The car ran like a champ until recently.
> So... a few weeks ago I get another check engine light. This time the
> code translated to P0301. Aha, I know what the problem is, right?
> Maybe not.
> After replacing the #1 injector myself this time... the car still ran a
> bit rough occassionally at idle. It was only now that I checked the
> plugs and found the #1 plug pretty black. The rest were a good light
> tan. It's been a few years and many thousands of miles later so I
> replaced them all.
> What I've noticed now is that if I put the car into reverse... it feels
> like it's running on 2 or 3 cylinders. If the car is in park or
> neutral it recovers. Upon acceleration the car runs very strong.
> I just checked the new plugs a few hours ago and they all look good
> except the #3 plug looks a bit darker than the rest. Not sure why this
> would be the case.
> I'd hate to have to take the car into the shop again if this type of
> problem can be easily fixed. What would be unique about the reverse
> gear position causing the car to really run terrible? Any ideas?
> Thanks for any help!