Engine ckeck light has come on!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by phil, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. phil

    phil Guest

    This is the problem that has beaten my garage.

    Car-Accent 1.6 CDX 3 years old

    The engine check light has come on twice in three days and flashed for
    about 15 secs each time. Both times it occurred after just over a minutes
    driving from cold. The garage checked the error messages and it said
    ‘Random misfire on cylinder one, and on two, and on three, and on four’.

    They took the car in for days and checked everything that could be checked,
    but came up with the answer that all was perfectly in spec and that nothing
    was wrong.

    Can anybody help by suggesting what could be wrong with the engine. Any
    serious sleuthing would be very welcome.
    phil, Nov 15, 2007
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  2. Intermittent problems are difficult to diagnose. Misfires can happen from
    ignition parts starting to go bad. Modules, wires, etc. Damp and cold
    weather magnifies that sort of thing. Have the plugs been changed? Wires?
    If nothing else crops up, they are cheap places to start.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Nov 15, 2007
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  3. phil

    phil Guest

    including leads and plugs etc (which were changed 5,000 miles ago) and
    found absolutely nothing. They concluded it might be mechanical but
    couldn't find anything. Any more ideas?
    phil, Nov 15, 2007
  4. Since in both cases it happened from cold, make a note of the temperature
    outside. It may only do so, say, below 30 degrees. If that continues, leave
    the car at the shop on a cold day and have them put the meter on it when
    they start it up. I can't think of many mechanical items that can cause a
    mis-fire. Since it happens on all cylinders, it is more likely to be
    something like an ignition module than an individual wire. Engines have
    many sensors also and one may be malfunctioning giving a bad signal,
    injection problem, etc.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Nov 16, 2007
  5. phil

    hyundaitech Guest

    Since you have misfire readings on all four cylinders, you should start
    looking at things that affect all cylinders equally, such as fuel
    pressure, fuel quality, and perhaps even the crank sensor.
    hyundaitech, Nov 16, 2007
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