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  1. #1
    Reverse Gear

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    Feb 2014
    Northolt, London, UK

    intermittent misfire & power loss

    Lately my car has been losing power under load, most of the time it sounds like a tractor the past 6 days & very high shaking of engine, sounds fine on idle at around 900-1000 rpm, if it exceeds that then shaking & tractor sounds.

    here's what I've done so far:

    Cleaned injectors
    Changed x4 spark plugs
    Diagnosed with no fault codes to report
    ignition coils or coil packs are apparently fine

    No change what so ever except occasionally it runs smooth, misfire, smooth, misfire, smooth, misfire! not to mention the jerking!

    What I'm checking next:

    ignition leads
    MAF (Would it be safe to disconnect this temporarily?)
    fuel pump

    is there anything else I should have checked?
    is this a common fault?
    it's a V 1999 1.6 automatic saloon.

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    foursprungdugtechnique's Avatar
    1st Gear

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    Jan 2011
    Perth, Scotland PH1 2BN
    Try removing ONE plug lead at a time with the engine running, good idea to wear insulating gloves! If the engine note changes the lead/plug is usually fine, if no change that would indicate faulty plug/lead.
    It's ok to disconnect the MAF, you'll get the stability control light (yellow) on the dash it's something to do with abs/power to engine./stability setup. Light will go back off when reconnected

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    jbh's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Slamannan/ Central Scotland
    as above disconnect one coil pack at a time.
    also I would do a compression test on it.
    1997 A4 Avant 110 TDi quattro
    1996 A4 Avant 110 TDi breaking



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