2001/ Pontiac / Grand Am Changed spark plugs. Work done to repair this problem = changed spark plugs
question = The car intermittently misses under normal driving conditions every once in a while. Changing the spark plugs makes it go away but a day or so later it comes back.
JK: If changing the plugs helps, i would look closely at the plugs that were removed. Make sure they all seem the same color. If one is oil fouled, or looks a little greenish or orange (depending on which coolant is in the system at this time) this would indicate an internal engine problem. If one is totally black, this would indicate a rich fuel condition which may be caused by a faulty injector or is more than one is black, then i would suspect a leaking fuel pressure regulator. If plugs look OK, you may have a problem with the ignition coil housing cover or one of the plug boots. The cover is the black plastic housing under the aluminium cover you remove to replace the plugs. An ohm meter check will sometimes indicate this housing is faulty. Also possible the ignition module itself is stating to fail.
A sticking injector is also a possibility. An injector balance test may be needed. You need to find out which cylinder is missing when the condition is occurring. A scanner with live engine data stream is the best way to see this. That would at least narrow down to 1 cylinder to concentrate on.
Visitor: The help you gave me was great. I checked the plugs again and they had black soot on them and I also noticed a new symptom. The accelerator felt like it had pressure when you would start out but the pressure would decrease allot. I replaced the fuel pressure regulator and now there is pressure and no skipping at higher speeds, also the hesitation at takeoff has gone away.
1995 Pontiac Grand am SE 3.1l. Replaced spark plugs + wires. Question: My pontiac grand am is running really rich and getting around 8MPG. Just recently was working on it and this is what we checked so far. Ignition coils - good no cracks good resistance Regulator valves - Hooked up a vacuum at 30 PSI no leaks. Replaced the spark plugs because they were black at the tips and because the gap in them are to wide. One of the o2 sensors, but I am not getting any error codes on anything.
Answer: If "Regulator Valve" is referring to the fuel pressure regulator, and you are sure the fuel pressure regulator is not leaking, then i would next check fuel pressure. Make sure it is not too high. That would causes running rich.
If the front oxygen sensor was not the one that was replaced, replace it. It is possible that you got some bad gas and the injectors are leaking. An injector balance test would need to be done.
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