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Old 11-29-2006, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Can an engine misfiring cause engine damage??

My wifes car started stuttering the other day and I believe we need a new cap and rotor. I ordered the parts but wont have them for a day or so and am wondering if we drive the car, will this damage the engine in any way?

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Agreed. Does the car have a knock sensor? Might help.
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My wifes car started stuttering the other day and I believe we need a new cap and rotor. I ordered the parts but wont have them for a day or so and am wondering if we drive the car, will this damage the engine in any way?

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I drove my BMW for a couple months with a TERRIBLE misfire that would actually cause the car to die. The only reason being that nobody could figure out what was wrong with it until it was found that *someone* had put 89 cent Autolite spark plugs in it instead of NGKs a couple years back. I wonder who that was?

It's fine.
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could cause pitting in the combustion chamber, could cause premature catalytic converter failure, put excessive strain on rod bearings...etc. This is all long term and depends on the severity. A couple days with a slight misfire won;t damager anything
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