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
Can anybody help by suggesting what could be wrong with the engine. Any
serious sleuthing would be very welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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