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I put new spark plugs in and now it's skipping JA: Sometimes

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I put new spark plugs in and now it's skipping
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with Toyota. The Toyota Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: I got some ngk spark plugs and put them in 1 by 1 and started the car and it's skipping...
JA: Spark plug problems can be challenging. So many causes, some simple, some complicated. Fortunately, the mechanics we work with have tons of experience dealing with all of them. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: I took all the spark plugs out and check the setting on all them and put them back in.. could them spark plugs not be for that car
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Customer: No
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Hello, what year and model Toyota is this, how many miles on the odometer? What engine does it have? 4 cylinder, V6 or V8?
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Do you have the NGK part number?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
4 cylinder and 245 miles
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
15650054
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Spk plug-iridium ix 1 e 15650054
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok, thanks what model is it, truck ,camry corolla etc.? What is the NGK part number you used?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
04 camry 2.4 l
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
The number on the back of the box for plugs are bkr6eix-11 3764
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** plugs are ok to use, there should be no problem, the engine did not do this before replacing the spark plugs is this correct?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No never
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No problem
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Is the check engine light staying on when driving or idling the engine?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
when driving it's blinking
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok, that confirms the engine has a misfire, we need to find out which cylinder is causing it. I would recommend that you check each coil electrical connector to make sure it's connected on tight, then remove each spark plug again and check to be sure the gap did not close when putting it in, compare all spark plugs to make sure the gap is the same, iridium plugs should never have to be gapped but it's possible that one closed up while installing. If you can't find the problem there I'm going to ask you to have the check engine light diagnosed by connecting a diagnostic code reader to get the trouble code, do you live in the US and in what state?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Yesh
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok, go to an Autozone or other auto parts store like O Reilly when you have a chance and have the code read, they do this for free, let me know what the code number is ***** we can find out what's wrong.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Good, let me know what you find out/
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Ok I will let you know
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Thanks again.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I appreciate the information
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
You're welcome.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I can't go till in the morning
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
That's ok, take your time I will be here>
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
The guy said its the number 1 cylinder
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Ok Check the spark plug coil connector, make sure it is plugged in all the way, remove that spark plug and check that the electrode gap did not get closed up when it was installed, check it for any cracks in the insulation, check the fuel injector wires and the fuel injector connectors . do you have a voltmeter or 12 volt test light, we may need it to check some wires to the coil, right now I think there may be a problem with that coil. #1 cylinder is the first one on the left when your in front of the car.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
Let me know if you find anything so far.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
It the spark plug connectors
I priced them at advance and all over and they like 79 each
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Could I get one from a save yard with the female connectors also
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
you can try one from a junkyard for about 1/2 that.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Is it best to get the coil and wire harness also.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 7 months ago.
No, just get the coil unless the wires and connector are broken