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Is the check engine light on or off now?
Also does the check engine light go on/off instantly or does it remain on then turn off?
We need to get the car scanned for codes. I understand that the car right now is immobilized and you cannot take it any where. However if you go to Autozone they will rent you a OBDII scanner and you can scan the car yourself (Renting only requires a deposite which is refunded when you return it). Rent the scanner and scan the car for codes. It's very simple scanning cars for codes.
Turn the key to the "On position" (Do not start the car)
Located plug for the OBDII (Under drive dash), you will need to look above the pedals there will be a OBDII plug which will look like the end of the scanner.
Attach the scanner to the plug and follow on screen instructions.
Write down codes and let me know what you got. (Press Up and Down to see more codes if there are more than one).
Hey Sharon... There is a TSB out on this issue.
The spark plugs on that car will missfire, they were defective fromt the factory. It's not a recall so they will not replace it for free. You will need to change the spark plugs your self.
Do not use the factory plugs, and make sure they are gapped. According to the manual factory plugs missfire and should not be used.
The P0300 that is mention in the above TSB is what you got from advance (Multiple cylinder missfire).
I am pretty sure it's in the plugs. They do need to be re-gapped but I don't have the gap size anywhere in the manual.
Have you had these problem prior to changing the plugs?
Timing chain would cause this type of problem, how this is a 2004 and I would not suspect a timing chain. Here is what I would suspect.
-Plugs/Wires (Make sure you have right firing order)
2.2L Engine Firing Order: 1-3-4-2 Distributorless ignition system
- Distributor cap/ rotor
- Ignition module
If you have a spark tester, a spark test would be some very valuable information.
Not a problem! Is this a 2.2 or the 2.4 engine?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX help.
2.2L Engines Ignition control module
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the ignition coil from the module.
Remove the module from the assembly plate.
Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
The Ignition Module or (ICM), is located under the coils
The ignition coil/module location-2.2L engines
I see, did it look like this?
The ignition coils
Have a great day, I sure hope it works out. (I'll keep my fingers crossed!)