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I had this issue recently and after Ford thought they fixed it, probem came back. Pulled the COPs and 3 plugs were loose, just replaced them with new ones. I'd start with plugs first as it costs $0 to pull them and visually check.
On the same note, Ford really sucked when it came to figuring out the problem. I thought they could see which cylinder was misfiring and go from there as my Scantool software has this function to monitor individual cylinders but I need the Ford specific PID add-on but that's more $$.
edit: hey jpplaw, coud you expand on the alternator causing a misfire. Mine has a big load on it and knowing this could be helpful in the future if another misfire occurs that can't be tracked down. And it could be helpful for SYNY5TER to know. thanks!
An iffy alternator, working but not quite correctly, can cause intermittent COP and therefore ignition problems. They can also cause numerous different codes to set - all sensors are dependent on a consistent clean electric supply.
The misfire monitor watches the crank position sensor (CPS) in these motors. If there is a 2% or more rpm difference between cylinders firing, it will set the code. A big cam can even cause a P0300 to set. A 10% difference will make the CEL blink. P0300 can be plugs, COP's, funky electrics, water in a plug well, or fueling problems. I have heard of broken or seriously worn timing chain guides causing the code to pop. Could also be a bad CPS.
Thanks jpplaw! I'll keep this in mind, like I said my alternator has a heavy load from the stereo and it's something to watch for.
Hey SYNY5TER, did you do a plug change recently before this issue popped up?
The plugs loose in mine came loose even after I had torqued them to spec and rechecked after a few engine cycles. No idea how they did this, even checked that no anti-sieze made it onto the threads. I now just make it a habit to check them once a month.
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