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Unread 12-01-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Cylinder 5 Miss and Tach Jump

3 weeks into my - new to me - XJ and I scanned for codes and came up with a Cyl #5 Miss and also when driving I'll get a instintaneous miss and a 300 +/- RPM jump on the Tach.....any thoughts on what sensor may be on it's way out?
happens randomly, no set pattern and I don't think it heat related.

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Unread 12-01-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Anytime you get a single cylinder misfire, you must resolve the root cause. This is how I approach them. In this order........

1. Spark plug (replace) Use Champion Copper plugs gapped to .035
2. Spark plug wire (replace)
3. Distributor cap (replace)
4. Fuel injector (swap FI from cylinder 5 to a different cylinder)
5. Internal condition of that cylinder (run compression test)
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Unread 12-02-2012, 12:01 PM   #3
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Anytime you get a single cylinder misfire, you must resolve the root cause. This is how I approach them. In this order........

1. Spark plug (replace) Use Champion Copper plugs gapped to .035
2. Spark plug wire (replace)
3. Distributor cap (replace)
4. Fuel injector (swap FI from cylinder 5 to a different cylinder)
5. Internal condition of that cylinder (run compression test)
Thank you sir, as of yesterday I completed items 1-3 and at least around town and up to 60 MPH I have eliminated the miss, and went and cleared the codes...I noticed the Spark Plug wires where Mopar stamped and switched from the NGK to Champion Coppers....we shall see on the commute to work tomorrow...
Thanks for the quick response and I will upgrade my account.....
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Unread 12-02-2012, 12:32 PM   #4
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Glad to see TJ got you on the right path,let us know if your fixed up,TJs a great guy.
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Unread 12-02-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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Glad to see TJ got you on the right path,let us know if your fixed up,TJs a great guy.
I will post my commute and how it ran......tomorrow.....
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Unread 12-03-2012, 06:20 AM   #6
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I will post my commute and how it ran......tomorrow.....
Ran great, smooth acceleration, no mis-fire...good to go!

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Unread 12-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #7
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Just curious: Did you examine the condition of the plugs?
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Unread 12-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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Just curious: Did you examine the condition of the plugs?
yes, other than the center electrode being worn .38K of gap, they were not fouled...all looked even and I examined #5 and looked the same as the others...I guess this weekend I could run a quick compression test, just to grab data on all six....196K on the clock.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 09:19 AM   #9
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Update: P0300 P0305 P0306 DTC

Update:...well MIL and the Mis-fire has reoccurred. MIL steady light....occational throttle jump or split second , almost die's, but catches itself.
learned this! MIL CAN turn itself off....if the conditions to the PCM are met. This occurred, but came on a few trips later...FYI.
Going to complete TJ's suggestions #4 & #5.
Scanned at Autozone for DTC and P0300, P0305 and P0306...

Anyone know the size of the shrader valve on the fuel rail?, off hand? need to modify my Fuel guage set up and eliminate the fuel pressure question.

so this threads alive again...and I am going to re-attack this and fix it, now that spring is here...
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Unread 04-23-2013, 04:35 PM   #10
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...update...ran 4 bottles - 4 tank fulls of fuel - thru the Jeep and MIL light has extinguished and darn if the Jeep isn't running much better! I was / am VERY skeptical of additives, but I thought, what the heck, ....Fuel Injector cleaner has seemed to do the trick....so I may have jinkzed myself, but hey, so far, so good. Just put 400 miles on her this weekend alone - Turkey Hunting - so, we shall see. MPG has been 17-19 MPG...as my gauge / sender is inop so I keep a close eye on my fuel burn.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 08:00 PM   #11
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re-attack time: When I bought this XJ, there was a miss and erratic jump in the tach -500-700 RPM range and while I was driving a "light to Hard" hiccup / miss.....well new plugs, Plug wires, cap and rotor has significantly lessen or reduced the above occurances, but there is still an occational miss...so I threw a TPS in it while I was Turkey hunting, easy to do, and cleared the codes and CEL light....500 miles later, still a occational miss, and just waiting for the CEL light to illuminate again? anyway, wonder if the CPS is acting up?...maybe thermal in nature, but not sure....

codes said " random Misfires, and #5 misfire" so I might swap injectors to see....Oh and the additive?...well, it may have been a placebo....LOL
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Unread 10-31-2013, 03:23 AM   #12
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Now since the outside air temps have been below the 70's and cooler...this miss, buck, has stopped...?... thermal in nature?
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Unread 12-12-2013, 05:50 PM   #13
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Now since the outside air temps have been below the 70's and cooler...this miss, buck, has stopped...?... thermal in nature?
Must be heat, heat around the fuel rail, as Fall has turned to winter here in KC and Jeep idles fine, runs strong, so I am leaning fuel and a hot engine compartment....
Thoughts?
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Unread 12-18-2013, 05:07 AM   #14
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