Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!

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My Engine started up fine today and about 10 minutes later started
shaking and reving very low and not moving very far when I pushed the
accelarator down.

I called out the AA and their guy said the car was running on two
cylinders instead of 4 - he towed me back to my local garage (who were
closed for the night!) but when he started up the car to park it the
engine was running fine on full power!

Whats going on? he seemed to think that it may be the engine coil? and
once it cooled down it was ok but because I was stuck in traffic it got
hot?

Is that what it is? how much would that cost to fix in England? Thanks.


Re: Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!

Spinstorm wrote:
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I would say you're right in that it's probably ignition related, but
probably not the coil since two cylinders are firing.  Could be bad
plug wires arcing to the engine, could be a bad cap and rotor.  Is your
car old enough to have ignition points?  If so then that is the most
likely suspect in my mind.  Your points may be not opening and closing
correctly and need to be adjusted/replaced.  You really should have a
dwell meter to do this, but you can fake it without one....just make
sure they just barely open for each point on the distributor cam.


Re: Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!
Im sorry I failed to mention any information about my car!

Its a 1998 Volvo S40 and has done 156,000 miles approx, and it has been
serviced etc up to date as well.

As I said before when he fired it up 45 mins later at the garage it was
running fine? is this symptomatic of the cause you mentioned?

And what about price? is it a big job or a simple one? thanks!


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Spinstorm wrote:
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Ah.....much newer than what I had thought....

I don't know much about the newer volvos except I'm sure you don't have
points.  In any case I would still say it is probably spark
related....other than that I really couldn't tell you much.....I don't
know what kind of ignition system your car has.....


Re: Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!
I had the same problem with my '97 S40!!! he runs on 2 cylinders and later
goes normal!!!
you have to replace the transformator for the cylinders that are not
working!!! they are easy to find under the engine cover!!!   i payed for my
about 150euro



Re: Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!
Drazen Pranjkovic wrote:
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Those cars have 2 coils, each one does 2 cylinders.  Each coil is
mounted on a spark plug, with an ignition wire going to the plug that is
opposite it (i.e. 1-4 & 2-3) in the firing order.  If 2 cylinders are
not working, then I'd try swapping the coils.  If the problem remains
with the original cylinders, then what triggers the coils, or the low
tension wires would be the problem.

--
Mike F.
Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

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Re: Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!
it' the coil 100% because the wires are OK if the car works normal, but good
suggestion about swapping the coils, to see, but i'm sure its the coil!!!
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Re: Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!
and, did you had success, is the car running well, my 1998 s40 has about
180,000km,  without any serious service except changing brakes and camshaft
belt, filter... theese cars are AWSOME!!!
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Re: Engine Running On 2 Cylinders Only?, Shaking engine!
The garage put two new coils in at a cost of =A3100 which was a good=20
price it seems and so far I have had no more problems.

I hope that fixed it as they could not actually find anything wrong=20
with the car the entire week they had it! not once did it do the same=20
thing as when it broke down - so if it was the coils that is fixed now=20
- if it wasn't then I guess I will find out shortly if it breaks down=20
again!

I do have another problem with my car I am going to post a new thread=20
on in a minute - although it does not seem a serious issue at this=20
time I am wondering what it is!


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