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2/01/2004
03:25:03

Subject: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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I'm having a BIG headache with my 96 Dak. Idles rough, when accelerating it spits, sputters, and backfires through intake especially on hills. I changed MAP, coil, wires, plugs, cap, button, pickup, and idle speed sensor. anyone have any ideas besides putting bullet between the heads

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2/01/2004
09:06:59

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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crank sensor, bad dist bushings, lose pickup on
plate in dist, look under the pickup plate in dist
there is a metal peice attached to the plastic

is it throwing any codes

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2/01/2004
10:09:48

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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It's saying code 43 twice I had it put on a computer at a friend of mine it said misfire #5 cyl. and random multiple misfire I unhooked the o2's one at a time to see if it would change the motor pitch the 1st one changed some but the 2nd one didn't change at all but i'm not getting an o2 code when it 1st occured it was about 20degrees
I didn't have time to warm it up I thought it might have jumped a tooth on the time what do think thanks



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2/01/2004
11:41:22

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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well it isn't the ring in the distributer it is good and tight the shaft has a liitle play in it but not enough to hurt it . When idling it almost sounds like it has an over sized cam. After running a while it smells like it is burning to rich.



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2/01/2004
17:38:50

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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43 Fault in ignition coil control circuit.

Crank sensor

check the conections first its located behind the
pass side head down by the bell housing 2 1/2
allen head or reg bolts to remove

yes upstream o2 controlls air fuel in closed loop
downstream just tells the comp that the converter
is working

Who told you 43 was #5 cyl is wrong

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2/01/2004
17:56:52

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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A friend of my is a machanic He has a computer he put her on two codes came up that he showed me
the #43 code flashed twice on the check engine light bothcodes came up on his computer one #5 cyl. the other random misfire



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2/03/2004
18:15:08

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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well put in a new crank sensor. No go. It's still doing the same thing I can't even pull out of my driveway It just doesn't have the power. Any thoughts



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2/03/2004
20:36:44

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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Larry is right the IGNITION COIL CONTROL CIRCUIT is FAULTY like your mechanic



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2/04/2004
00:26:54

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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posible pluged cat or bad coil or elect connection

also check the fuel presure 40 to 50 pounds on a
multiport injection system



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2/04/2004
00:30:28

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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1 other thing to check is the coil wire they like
to burn off right at the ends and will give you
all kinds of greif

Larry
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2/04/2004
07:32:23

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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Is there any way to check the cat. I took the front O2 sensor out to try and relieve some pressure it seemed like it idles better but I can't tell since the O2 effects the computer and fuel input



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2/04/2004
11:51:49

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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There is a 8 year 80,000
mile replacement gurantee on the cat

In a 96 I would say it probably is pluged a good
shop can check it out for you

Larry
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2/06/2004
08:12:09

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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well I got another cat. I took the old one off if had a h@#l of a rattle inside the one I got was used but solid. I started the engine with out it has a little more umph but still is rough probably not enough back pressure I'll have my cat on today with any luck I'll let you know what's up

"IF YOU CAN'T DODGE IT RAM IT"



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2/06/2004
16:29:23

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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I put my cat on but it still won't pull a hill it almost acts like it doesn't even want to shift it still throwing code 43 I got it 3 times in about a 2 mile stretch I'm stumped If I punch it it will smooth out some and take off but as soon as it shifts down it will backfire and sputter It won't down shift unless I let up on the gas or it reaches about 4 grand



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2/07/2004
04:17:57

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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Larry
Which wire on the coil is it the cap wire or the plug on the harness



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2/14/2004
07:50:27

RE:larry spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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could my transmission be causing my engine to misfire? I cleaned the air solinoid with carb cleaner it had some gunk in it now it is working .
the engine seems to be doing alot better as long as I don't drive it . Idles fine and revving doesn't bother it but when I drive it I get code 43 I had the sync checked it was only off 3 degrees. what do you think



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2/26/2004
11:05:52

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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Mine just started doing the same thing. It is also a 96 with a 3.9l Auto Zone hooked up a scanner and got codes for cyclinder #5 misfire and random misfire. MIL code I get is 43. Have put in new plugs, wires, cap, rotor, and even replaced fuel injector seals (didn't do that when I replaced the heads so just wanted to get it out of the way, old ones were very hard). Will check crank position sensor, TSP sensor, and will clean throttle body tonight. Will also check distributor pick up and sync. Anything else I could be missing? Help!



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2/26/2004
20:28:45

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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Try this as it seems to be working with my truck.. Put in some dry gas. I have done this tonight to mine and its running with only a slight skip (still think I have a bad fuel injector, move the one from #5 cyclinder to #1 when I was changing oil rings last night and the misfire moved cyclinders).



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3/20/2004
16:04:31

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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CHECK YOUR WIRING HARNASS TO YOUR 02 SENSORS. THERE IS A SPLICE RIGHT BEHIND THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE.CONNECTIONS ON MINE GOT CORRODED UP ONE COMPLETELY OFF.



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6/21/2010
18:19:14

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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i have a 1998 dakota with the 3.9l. when its cold it will sputter and feel like it gonna die, but doesent. ive replace the tps and a tune up was done last year. it is throwing zero codes and i am at a loss. can anyone recommend where i should start?



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6/21/2010
18:21:27

RE: spits,sputters,backfires 96 dak
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once warm it runns like it should with zero issues. when it is cold and sputtering when i hit the gas, if i either rev it in neutral or shut it off and restart(even going down the road) it will run fine for a moment or two then continue sputtering until warm. any suggestions



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