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P0301 Code - #1 Cylinder Missing - Help!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by WestEnd, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Nov 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    WestEnd

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    I'm stuck! I've got a 98 Taco with the 2.7L and 5-speed.

    About two weeks ago I noticed a leak on my garage floor and thought it was residue left from my oil change. I took it to the car wash and power washed the engine bay to clean it up. When I restarted it, the truck ran rough for about 15-20 seconds and then straightened up.

    On Wednesday, I was driving home, and the motor began to miss when it was under load and flashed the MIL. I shut if off and started checking things. I restarted it and it was spewing white smoke from the exhaust.

    The radiator was more than a half gallon short of being full. The passenger side of the block is wet, but not dripping.

    The number one spark plug is fouled, but not wet at all. The other 3 look new.

    Did a compression check and this is what I got. (assuming I did the test correctly).

    The engine was warmed up for about 3 or 4 minutes, and charged the battery full. I held the throttle wide open and cranked the key twice for about half second each time. This is wht I got:
    1. 135 psi
    2. 147 psi
    3. 150 psi
    4. 149 psi
    The truck still warms up OK without overheating. (although I haven't let it run for that long either) and the heater blows warm.

    When you look at the side of the block at the exhaust manifold, you can see moisture trying to seep out around the #1 exhaust port. the others are dry.

    Do you think this is head gasket? Cracked head? Is it worth a new cylinder head, or should I start looking for a used motor?

    Any and all advice appreciated!!
     
  2. Nov 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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    Sounds like the head gasket...
     
  3. Nov 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    how does the exhuast smell?
     
  4. Nov 25, 2011 at 10:21 PM
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    To me it could be two things on already said head gasket failure.

    Other one could be a small crack in the head or block. only way to know for sure is to pull the head off and check it out. Have the head pressure tested by a machine shop.

    You didnt say how many miles where on the engine. But if you do take the heads off and take it to a shop have them resurface everything for you and now is a good time to check and replace valve guides and seals if needed while your at it.
     
  5. Nov 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM
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    +1...I hope its not that bad though, for your sake.
     
  6. Nov 26, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    OK, did a better compression test this time. Held the key for 4 or 5 revolutions on each cylinder:

    #1 - 178 psi
    #2 - 165 psi
    #3 - 160 psi
    #4 - 155 psi

    I know I don't have any ring issues with this test, but I expected #1 cylinder to be much lower with a bad head gasket??
     
  7. Nov 26, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    Im questioning #1 still with a high compression like that could be water going into the piston.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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    Or fouling built up on the piston head...
     
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    pull the plugs, see if #1's smells like coolant. It will be pretty obvious when you pull it if you are getting coolant in the comb. chamber.
     
  10. Nov 27, 2011 at 7:04 AM
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    OK, no coolnt in the #1 hole. Spark plugs are in very good condition in all cylinders.

    Starting to think this is related to ignition system somewhere.... coil pack, wires, etc...

    Passed a leakdown test easily.

    I may have a water pump leaking. so maybe two searate issues??

    I think I'm smelling raw fuel out of the exhaust. Makes sense if #1 is misfiring.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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    OK Guys... Thanks a ton for your help! This was a good lesson in starting with the simplest stuff first.

    I "assumed" all of my symptoms were related. I automatically assumed this was a head gasket because of the white smoke and the coolant leak and the miss all at the same time.

    A friend of mine asked me if I had measured the resistance in the plug wires first. Of course I hadn't! That would be too simple!!

    I measured them all and guess what??? The number one plug wire read 78K Ohms of resistance! The FSM says no more than 25K.

    Put on a good set of NGK wires, and NGK OEM plugs and it runs better than ever!

    I was ready to pull the motor and start tearing it down and spending a buttload of money along the way. This cost me less than $80!

    Now I still have a pesky coolant leak from the water pump, and a newly discovered crack in the exhaust manifold, but other than that... We're "On the Road Again" !

    Thanks Again!
     
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