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how can i tell if my engine is missing on a cylinder?

my dad thinks he hears it and i think there is something amiss because i have almost no power/acceleration. it seems that even with a 307/PG/2.73 gears that i should get better acceleration than my moms minivan.

what is the easiest way to check for a miss and what else should i look for that may be robbing power?


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Derek Ohlgren

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Get an inductive timing light and stick the pickup on each plug wire and make sure you get flashing on every one. I've had numerous ignition problems so I carry my timing light with me in the trunk for road side trouble shooting.

Make sure all the valves are opening I guess....um...also try waiting for a response from someone who knows better than I.

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pull the plugs and take a compression check of the engine. check the spark plugs for any unusual looking problem. if the compression is good and the plugs are okay-check to see how old the wires are-plus the parts of the distributor. lots of people dont write down the tune-up dates and mileage.
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
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pull the plugs and take a compression check of the engine.
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How do i do that?

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Pull one plug wire off at a time and see if the engine idle varies.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

will doing this shock me if i do it while the engine is running?

thanks for the ideas.

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thanks. probably easier to get to them on the distributor too. won't burn myself
 
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