codes P0301 cylinder #1 and P0316 Eng misfire detected on tartup-1st 1000 Rev on 2003 Ford Taurus

I went to get my emissions done and got the following codes P0301 cylinder #1 and P0316 Eng misfire detected on startup-1st 1000 Rev what does it mean and how do I fix it asap

by in Duluth, GA on October 01, 2010
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on October 01, 2010
P0301 means misfire detected on cylinder #1, for 300 consecutive revolutions. P0316 means the misfire was detected in the first 1000 revolutions. It all means you had a dead miss on #1. It could be a bad sparkplug, a shorted to ground sparkplug wire (likely). You didn't tell us which particular engine you have, there are 3 choices for 3.0 liter, like Flex Fuel, for instance. The high output engine has an ignition coil on each cylinder, the one on #1 could be bad if that's the case. If it doesn't have a coil on each cylinder, it's probably not a coil but a wire or plug. there's the possibility it's an injector problem too, also possible that there's a mechanical problem like a bad engine valve but not likely. I once found a faulty ground side circuit for the injector in a car like this which caused a similar problem. check the sparkplug and wire first, though before figuring whethe there's a poblem with the injector.
COMMENT by on November 14, 2010
I have the same problem but the engine i have is a EFI 6 cyl, same codes too P0301 AND P0316 i have changed out the sparkplugs and even got a new coil pack, but still have the problem of rough idle when driving and in park, i haven't tried to change the wire on number 1 or check the fuel injector.
COMMENT by on August 16, 2011
ANSWER by on January 20, 2011
changed fuel filter and codes (P0301 and P0306) disappeared. Changed on Ford Taurus at 101,000, may have been original filter. Tank side gas was dark brown. Thought I was going to have to change out the spark plug wires and ignition coil.

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