Bad 5th cylinder
My car has 175000 miles.
Engine misfires can be caused by a list of problems, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. Generally, misfires are caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in cases, a combination of both. Spark related problems generally will result from things like ignition coils, crankshaft position sensor, spark plugs, spark plug wires or ignition modules not working properly. When the misfire results from a fuel related issue, this is commonly related to a lean fuel condition (lack of sufficient fuel supply to the motor).
Fuel related misfires can be caused by many different things such as low fuel pressure, faulty or dirty fuel injectors, a faulty O2 sensor, a dirty or failing mass air flow sensor, a faulty or dirty idle air control valve or a vacuum or intake leak. When the fuel supplied to the combustion chamber is insufficient, this results in an ignition (spark) that is igniting a less than balanced load of fuel and air. This results in a misfire or an explosion in the cylinder that is much less powerful than the other cylinders. This creates a loss of power that resonates throughout the motor additionally causing other problems with ignition and fuel timing. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your misfiring problem.
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The computer should be scanned to see if you are running lean from bad O2 sensors or for some other reason. The coil may also be weak and not putting out enough spark energy. Have the system checked by a mechanic since this truck engine may have exhaust problems, engine carbon build up, cracked valve seats, O2 sensor problems, coil problems, camshaft and distributor cam gear worn problems. The list goes on and will require a qualified mechanic time to diagnose this complaint for you. If a shop or mechanic cannot figure it out then it may take a factory trained mechanic to be able to diagnose the problem down to one of the listed issues. The best thing to recommend is to replace all the tune up items first so these can be eliminated. This means coils, plugs, wires, fuel filter and air filter, and PCV valve.
I’d suggest you get this looked at by a qualified technician who can perform these checks to diagnose your Check Engine Light and make the appropriate repairs to your vehicle.
You may have the engine model which has the PCV valve located above the transmission next to the exhaust header. This engine model’s PCV valve is routinely looked over because most are unaware that there are two PCV valve systems and the first one is easily visible from the top. I also recommend checking the resistance and voltages at the coil packs with a multimeter. I have a friend whom worked as a technician at a Ford dealership once tell me of a problem with your generation of Focus in which the wiring to the coil packs were made too tight and the tension broke the wires overtime.
I would always recommend having a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, assist you in diagnosing your engine misfire and assisting you in repairs.
If there is no change, then the wire or coil may be at fault. Wire and coil resistance can be checked with a digital volt/ohm meter and compared to specifications. If you would like to have a professional take a look, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the misfire and follow through with appropriate repairs.