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#536076 - 09/09/04 01:20 PM Zapping sound from engine
DaveA2002 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/02
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I heard a zapping sound coming from the engine. Turns out there is a little spark coming out of the spark plug cable - right at the dist. cap. Any ideas? Was in a rush this morning so couldn't play with it. Could it be a faulty cable?

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#536077 - 09/09/04 01:23 PM Re: Zapping sound from engine
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need more info, year, model, make, mileage, etc

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#536078 - 09/09/04 01:35 PM Re: Zapping sound from engine
DaveA2002 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/02
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Sorry about that. 1996 CVPI w/130k (2nd engine).

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#536079 - 09/09/04 01:36 PM Re: Zapping sound from engine
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Registered: 04/16/01
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yeah sounds like a bad wire, maybe a cracked coil?
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#536080 - 09/09/04 01:51 PM Re: Zapping sound from engine
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Registered: 11/08/02
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How safe is it to drive like that? My wife has school tonight and I'm wondering if I should drive her in my Jeep. The car is running a little rough, so I imagine that spark isn't getting through to the plug and it's running on 7 cylinders.

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#536081 - 09/09/04 02:01 PM Re: Zapping sound from engine
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Registered: 05/06/02
Posts: 4691
Loc: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Get the problem fixed ASAP. It is not particularily dangerous unless you also have a fuel leak in the engine compartment but it will damage the cats on that side and they are expensive. It does not do the cylinder wall and rings any good to have unignited fuel washing the lubricating oil off either.

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#536082 - 09/09/04 02:11 PM Re: Zapping sound from engine
stevo Offline

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Registered: 05/15/03
Posts: 2738
Loc: Wisconsin--most of the time
Replace the wire set (spark plug wires) and the plugs (gap to .054"). That should do the trick.

About $100. DIY job.

Cylinders
Bank 1 (passenger side), Bank 2 (driver's side)
4, 8
3, 7
2, 6
1, 5
FAN

Before you remove the spark plugs, Shop-vac out the recessed holes, 1/4 turn on all spark plugs, and vacuum again to remove any more loose debris.

Do not overtighten the spark plugs. Snug and a little more is what I use to determine torque.

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