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I need some assistance in diagnosing a hesitation / misfire issue I am experiencing. car is a 2007 mustang gt with jltII / xcal3 / flowmasters.

anyway, the emissions warning light came on the other day (blinking) which according to the manual references a misfire. i thought maybe i had some bad gas in the car, as i was low (2 gallons or so) so i filled it back up and drove it a few more days without incident.

i since took a 900 mile roundtrip to niagara falls and had numerous times where the car would hesitate, and sound different at highway speeds. the emissions code light came on only once out of the numerous times i felt the hesitation. it does not seem to be regular, or happen at any speed. i h ave felt it at low speeds and high speeds, but more at highway speeds.

any thoughts as to what i might be dealing with.

spark plugs (havent had a chance to pull any and look yet)
O2 sensor?
clogged fuel filter?
anything else i can check myself?

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Check your spark plugs and their gap (.035), make sure all of the spark plug wires are connected properly and check your air filter. If everything checks out then pull out your tuner and make some adjustments.


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Plugged fuel injector or bad coil. And plug gap for these cars is .040-.050 (generally .045).

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i have had the car a little over 2 years and 28k miles. do injectors really foul up that quickly? car is still under warranty, so i guess i will just take it back to stock and send it on back to ford. is there anyway I can tell what injector might be the culprit on my own?

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i have had the car a little over 2 years and 28k miles. do injectors really foul up that quickly? car is still under warranty, so i guess i will just take it back to stock and send it on back to ford. is there anyway I can tell what injector might be the culprit on my own?

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Only if you had the specific DTC telling you what cylinder the misfire was occurring on.

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My plugs are gapped at .028. I normally swap them when I plan on doing some normal cruising. I've been logging that last few days so I didn't pull the plugs and they fouled up pretty quick. The codes I got was p0172 and 175, rich in both banks. I pulled the plugs and they were black.

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My plugs are gapped at .028. I normally swap them when I plan on doing some normal cruising. I've been logging that last few days so I didn't pull the plugs and they fouled up pretty quick. The codes I got was p0172 and 175, rich in both banks. I pulled the plugs and they were black.
Wow that's a serious tight gap. I would think they would foul real easy.

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Thats part of the reason why I got a trailer. So they don't foul on the way to the track. At 24psi they blow out gapped at .32

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Thats part of the reason why I got a trailer. So they don't foul on the way to the track. At 24psi they blow out gapped at .32
Have you considered a boost-a-spark?

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well, found my problem. a loose connection of the elctrical connection clip on one of the coil packs.

was triple checking all of the connections before i gave up and called the dealer. was pushing on the clips and connections to make sure they were secure, *click* found one that wasnt. seems to have been my problem as the car is running fine now with the 93 tune and a poor gas mileage lol

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well, found my problem. a loose connection of the elctrical connection clip on one of the coil packs.

was triple checking all of the connections before i gave up and called the dealer. was pushing on the clips and connections to make sure they were secure, *click* found one that wasnt. seems to have been my problem as the car is running fine now with the 93 tune and a poor gas mileage lol
Good catch... Gotta love the simple fixes!

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yeah, i wish all car installs or fixes ended up that simple. lol

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