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1998 Outback, began to have a miss, check engine light came on. Diagnostic code said fouled plug #2 cylinder, replaced sparkplug, the engine ran fine for several miles then began to miss again and check engine came on and started to blink, shut engine down. Restarted engine later, no miss at idle, but begins to miss at stop with brake on (automatic transmission).

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About 230,000 miles on engine not sure when the timing belt was replaced

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Hi there,

This may be a simple plug wire and ignition coil issue. Sometimes a spray bottle with water can help determine if it's the problem. With the engine running, spray some water on the ignition coil. If the misfire happens or you can see sparks arcing then you need to replace the coil.

If the spark plug wire had oil on it where it connects to the spark plug, this could also be the problem. The oil makes the rubber soft and then the spark can arc through it to the cylinder head.

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