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2003 Ford Taurus Question: engine light blinking - catalytic damaging misfire

 

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driver118, 3.0L V6, Smyrna, GA, January 23, 2010, 23:46
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MIL came on ,code was PO156 O2 sensor,bank 2 sensor 2,light goes off for few hundred miles, then comes on again for 75 +- miles,stays off few hundred miles.Driving expressway at 75 mph engine light starts blinking, engine begins rough operation,at idle engine very rough almost stalling.engine temp. normal.,after cooling I started car i noticed the # 3 cylinder intake pipe was very hot to the touch ,other intakes were cool, clicking sound from area of # 3 . I installed new wires plugs and coil. Could it be a broken valve spring of carbon blocking exhaust port ? Car has 230,000 miles, alway used synthetic oil.

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, January 24, 2010, 10:12
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    The flashing engine light is from an engine misfire, you should have a P0303 code if it is cylinder #3 that is misfiring. With this kind of mileage, and the noise, you'll want to get a good idea as to the mechanical condition of the cylinder. Check the compression and perform a leak-down test if the compression is low.

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