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Boone2180
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Running on 5

Post #1 by Boone2180 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:25 am

Since I'm new to this forum, I'm not sure that I'm posting this in the right spot. I've tried doing a search, but I haven't run across what I'm looking for.
About my truck... it's a 1996 Eddie Bauer regular cab short bed with the Mazda 5 speed. I purchased it 2 weeks ago from a farmer. The truck has about 135k miles. The tires are the wrong size, so my speedometer is off but I will remedy that soon. I've done a full tune up, plugs, wires, rotor and cap. I've also replaced a couple of vacuum lines that were very deteriorated. Yesterday, I took it on a 3 hour round trip. When I got to the halfway point, it felt and sounded like it started on 5 cylinders. I shut it off and after starting it again, it began to clear up. It did it again when I got home. I had just replaced the catalytic converter and full exhaust the day before the trip. I'm just a bit confused and any advice would be great.

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68Flareside240
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Re: Running on 5

Post #2 by 68Flareside240 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:15 pm

Start with the simple things first. Check engine light on? Make sure all of your plug wires are making good contact. Check the plugs. Make sure it’s getting fire.

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Re: Running on 5

Post #3 by Mdixon300f100 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:29 pm

I’ve had a few spark plugs on cyl 6 loosen up and cause a misfire before in my old truck. It’s important to retorque everything after a few heating cycles to make sure nothing moved.

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Re: Running on 5

Post #4 by Boone2180 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:26 pm

So it turns out I had a defective plug wire. The conductor on the #5 plug wasn't crimped on properly. When I pulled the wires to check the plugs, it was attached to the plug. I took it back to the parts store and got it replaced under warranty. It started up smoothly. I won't find our if that took care of the problem until I take it for a drive later in the week. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Running on 5

Post #5 by 68Flareside240 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:45 pm

:thumbup: glad you got it figured out. I would bet it gets it fixed.

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Re: Running on 5

Post #6 by B RON CO » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:39 pm

Hi, I save old plug wires and other old parts just in case that happens. It's nice when the part you need is back home. Unfortunately, new parts aren't always good parts.
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