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Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
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Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
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I think I got a bad alternator...

But also my #2 Cylinder is misfiring...

Can the issues be related to the Alternator ?

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
Go to an auto parts store and have them diagnose for free. Worst case you may have to walk off all of the blubber.
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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
Distributer cap, wires, spark plugs...

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
LoP Guest  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:24 AM)
Go to an auto parts store and have them diagnose for free. Worst case you may have to walk off all of the blubber.

I am going to try and go in the morning after I get off work.

My CEL came on last night on the way in and the car seems to miss a bit when you first start it. Also noticed the engine sounds a little rough at times when you accelerate.

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silversides  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:24 AM)
Distributer cap, wires, spark plugs...

I just had the plugs / wires replaced last year.

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
LoP Guest  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:24 AM)
Go to an auto parts store and have them diagnose for free. Worst case you may have to walk off all of the blubber.

lol

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
No. An alternator creates electricity.

Electricity is used to 'spark' , ignite the gas in the cylinder.

I would speculate that if the alternator was bad, then all of the cylinders would misfire.

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
The timing belt may need adjusting. When the timing belt goes your engine will be rekt.
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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
2am Breathe  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:27 AM)
No. An alternator creates electricity.

Electricity is used to 'spark' , ignite the gas in the cylinder.

I would speculate that if the alternator was bad, then all of the cylinders would misfire.

Ever listen to CarTalk? those guys are hilarious and informative.

I listen to them even though I rarely owned a car.


https://www.cartalk.com/

Never heard of them....

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
Took me 10 seconds to google this:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.autotap.com/techlibrary/diagnosing_misfires.asp&ved=2ahUKEwjoiLSc0v_dAhX4HzQIHUK_BJQQFjABegQIDBAE&usg=AOvVaw0cybAdvONIRARlocVpz7RQ&cshid=1539304026349

Quote:Causes include worn, fouled or damaged spark plugs, bad plug wires or even a cracked distributor cap. A weak coil or excessive rotor gas inside a distributor would affect all cylinders, not just a single cylinder. ... If two adjacent cylinders are misfiring, it's likely the head gasket between them has failed.

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
LoP Guest  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:27 AM)
The timing belt may need adjusting. When the timing belt goes your engine will be rekt.

I don't know, The reason I thinking it's the Alternator is
My lights are really dim of a night to the point it looks like it not even on at times and when it rains. Also my left turn signal in the dash is doing strange things and fluctuating speed when my break is pressed and headlights are on. When I roll up my windows the lights flicker and also when i hit the breaks.


I think I may have a bad diode or something with the alternator....

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
If you take out the spark plug and it is black or has oil on it, that might cause a problem.

If you take the plug to your stove burner you might be able to burn the crud off. You might also ruin the plug by unwelding it doing this also.

So have a extra plug...

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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
The Ghost Of LOP  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:28 AM)
2am Breathe  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:27 AM)
No. An alternator creates electricity.

Electricity is used to 'spark' , ignite the gas in the cylinder.

I would speculate that if the alternator was bad, then all of the cylinders would misfire.

Ever listen to CarTalk? those guys are hilarious and informative.

I listen to them even though I rarely owned a car.


https://www.cartalk.com/


Never heard of them....

click the link chuckle they are sooo funny. listen to a few podcasts.

Click and Clack may have a podcast specifically about your problem.

They both went to MIT and owned a garage and are expert mechanics.

One is dead now and the other is retired, last I heard, but their material is timeless!
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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
If it's the alternator, you'll have other issues with the electrics.

The engine probably needs a tune up as someone else said.
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RE: Can an alternator cause a cylinder to mis fire?
The Ghost Of LOP  Wrote: (10-12-2018 02:22 AM)
I think I got a bad alternator...

But also my #2 Cylinder is misfiring...

Can the issues be related to the Alternator ?

No, not related.
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