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2000 Buick lesabre. Engine codes p0300 and p0442 and p0140.

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2000 Buick lesabre. Engine codes p0300 and p0442 and p0140. Where do I start???
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Mike S. replied 1 year ago.

P0300 is a multi or random misfire code and might be caused by one of the other codes. The P0442 could simply be a loose gas cap, so tighten the cap and clear the codes and see what comes back. The P0140 could be an exhaust leak. Place your foot over the tailpipe while the engine is idling and listen if the exhaust noise gets louder or if you hear any hissing. Then run your hand down around the exhaust manifold gasket where it meets the pipe and then along the exhaust manifold to head feeling for any hot exhaust gas blowing on your hand. If so, you have an exhaust leak.

Once you find and fix the causes of the codes P0442 and P0140, clear the codes and see if P0300 comes back and/or if the engine still misfires and/or runs poorly. If it does, try a tuneup, including spark plugs.

Expert:  Mike S. replied 1 year ago.

Here are the possible causes though of both codes:

P0442

Charcoal canister is loaded with fuel or moisture

  • Fuel filler cap is loose, cross-threaded, damaged or wrong part

  • Fuel tank, fuel filler neck or fuel sending unit 'O' ring is leaking

  • Fuel tank pressure sensor is damaged, disconnected or it failed

  • Fuel tank vapor line(s) is clogged, damaged or disconnected

  • Purge valve vapor line is clogged, damaged, or disconnected

  • Purge solenoid or Vent solenoid has a small leaking (sticking)

  • PCM has failed

P0140

Exhaust leak present in the exhaust manifold or exhaust pipes

  • HO2S signal or ground circuit has a high resistance condition

  • HO2S element is silicon, water or fuel contaminated

  • PCM has failed

P0300

Base engine mechanical fault that affects one or more cylinders

  • Fuel metering fault (high fuel pressure or fuel contaminated)

  • EVAP system problem or the EVAP canister is fuel saturated

  • EGR valve is stuck open or the PCV system has a vacuum leak

  • Ignition system fault (a coil) that affects more than one cylinder

  • MAF sensor contamination (it can cause a very lean condition)

  • TSB 99-06-04-005B contains a repair procedure for this code

  • TSB 03-06-04-030 contains a repair procedure for this code

Expert:  Mike S. replied 1 year ago.

Here is that one tsb that says it may be fuel injectors need cleaning,

Expert:  Mike S. replied 1 year ago.

I did find a reference though to 99-06-04-005B SEP 01, Fuel Injectors - Hard Starts/Poor Driveability/Misfire so it's probably the same thing and fuel injector cleaning.

Expert:  Mike S. replied 1 year ago.

Now I hear Walmart stores with a tire shop will clean fuel injectors for $20, but I have not actually confirmed this.

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