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Old 11-22-2008, 01:43 PM   #1
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Hello All. I'm new to owning a mustang, and have a question. I paid $300 for a 1996 Ford Mustang, it runs, although it could run better. My question is that I'm having a misfire on 4 out of my 6 cylinders, and there's an engine knocking. Could that have something to do with the timing chain? I know you get what you pay for, and I just want to get the car running good. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Best guess would be you've blown a head gasket,

Hopefully no coolant made it down to the oil.. The head gasket job itself isn't terrible but if coolant reached the bottom end.. that's where troubles start haha

Welcome to the site and good luck..

I'm sure more of the v6 guys will chip in with advice...
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Thanks for the assistance. I've also been told it could be the Timing Chain, the Coil, or the Crank Sensor... I have been trying to get it figured out, so I can figure out how much I have to spend. I've been thinking about replacing all three, but I'm VERY limited on money...
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Thanks for the assistance. I've also been told it could be the Timing Chain, the Coil, or the Crank Sensor... I have been trying to get it figured out, so I can figure out how much I have to spend. I've been thinking about replacing all three, but I'm VERY limited on money...
haven't heard of many issues with the timing chain... Crank sensor, the car probably wouldn't want to start and it would stall moreso than run crappy and make knocking noises (usually signs of a bad misfire, if it's not mechanical knock) Coil pack could cause it.. Couldn't hurt to remove the coil and look over the housing, check for any cracks or splits, and make sure it's got a good connection at the pack..
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Re: New to Owning A Mustang

anyway you can get a video of the sound its making? Does it miss under idle?

Like monte said first thing id check is electrical. Pull the plugs see how they look, check the wires to make sure they are installed right and for burn marks(i have had a wire touch the header before and it burned through the insulation causing misfire), the coil pack..
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Re: New to Owning A Mustang

If you're getting a pretty bad knock under idle and 4 cylinders are misfiring...I'd look into internal damage to be honest. Check out the plugs/wires first and rule that out, but I'm willing to bet you can pull the valve covers and see carnage.
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If you're getting a pretty bad knock under idle and 4 cylinders are misfiring...I'd look into internal damage to be honest. Check out the plugs/wires first and rule that out, but I'm willing to bet you can pull the valve covers and see carnage.
I basically agree on the internal damage (see my first post) BUT numerous misfires can cause a hell of a knocking sound
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