Honda misfiring on bank 1, vtec issue?

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2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5L (J35Z5) 5-spd (PSFA)
P0301 — Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected
P0302 — Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected
P0303 — Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected
P0300 — Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected
P0430 — Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2

Honda has 198,500 miles on it and the owner had never performed any maintenance on it other than oil changes. No misfires at idle or power braking. Only misses at light cruise around 40 mph. I thought it was torque converter shudder until I saw the misfire counters. AFR on bank 1 will indicate lean as misfires are felt. All 3 cylinders will count misfires but 2 and 3 show more than 1. I changed the spark plugs and swapped coils front to rear. Thought I heard valvetrain noise and checked valve clearance. Swapped AFR sensors. Cleaned throttle body and MAF. Air intake tube was broken after MAF and replaced it. Also checked for restricted exhaust. So far nothing has fixed it. I am changing the timing belt now because way over due but not expecting that to cure issue since all the marks appear to be lined up. Can vtec operating at low RPM cause this issue? I have no prior experience testing Honda’s Vtec systems. There is no variable valve timing or cylinder management on this engine. 

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Brandon Technician
Minnesota
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Have you checked for correct EGR operation and clear passageways? I've had that cause misfires on that rear bank during light accel only. You should also be able to watch VTEC operation on your scan tool. That's typically only activated at higher RPM or WOT conditions on Hondas though. Very commonly accompanied by dirty engine oil and a P1259 if I remember the code right.

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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I have monitored both. No commanded Vtech and egr flows as commanded. The misfires don’t seem to occur in sync with egr flow.

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Jim Owner/Technician
North Carolina
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Try in cylinder testing- I've seen a lot of misfires on these engine related to tight valves,

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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I will do that. I did check relative compression and it was very uniform. I checked and adjusted valves. Some were a little loose but none were too tight.

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Joel Diagnostician
California
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I would say disconnect the egr valve and road test it . valve lash adjustment is big deal on this honda . keep that in mine

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Craig Technician
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Make sure when doing the timing belt that you change everything. Timing belt tensioners are a huge failure on those engines and this can cause a misfire on one bank due to cam timing being off. The other indicator of tensioner issues is a "flapping" noise when the engine is cold due to the belt slapping around.

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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I will, thanks. I was thinking timing too because I believe bank 1 would be most effected.

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Joe Owner/Technician
California
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Maybe an injector issue with the lean mixture . You could also try disconnecting the egr valve and road test to see if the misfire is gone. Just a few things I’ve seen that were a little different than your normal cases

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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Thanks, I added some fuel system cleaner to the tank and have been driving the vehicle for a week. No improvement. I am considering trying some swaptronics and moving injectors between banks. It does not appear to run lean when not misfiring. ST and FT are in Lamda usually see 1.04 and 1.02. I believe that’s adding 6% total?? Not sure

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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You would not even have to do that. Graph out lambda for both banks and put the pedal to the metal… In Open Loop, O2 sensor feedback will be minimal however, you can see the actual air fuel ratio in the exhaust through the AF sensors. That will tell you right there, if the injectors Are lean on one bank. Grab the low-hanging fruit first, my brother

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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Ok thank you.

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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Am I interpreting the trims on this Honda correctly? 1.04 adding 4%?

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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That is correct,Robert 👍

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Joe Owner/Technician
California
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Just for my own knowledge would that still work if only one injector was at fault?

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Yes, the under fueled cylinder would have excess oxygen to pump downstream. When contacting the air fuel ratio sensor, PCM will See it as lean. The best part is, you have the other, non good bank to compare it to, simultaneously. Be sure to put it in draft format so you can share with us 😬👍

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Geoff Diagnostician
Hawaii
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A missing combustion event flows excess air (oxygen) regardless of whether fuel or spark is missing. ps, Go Yankees

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Yes, but the AF sensor ms and Rear HO2 sensor data will tell you if the misfire is due to lack of fuel or due to ignition fault

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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If you hooked a first look sensor to this and check for tight valves this would eliminate tight valves right ??.so many post here to check tight valves . Explain this test.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Randy, valve adjustment was verified

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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So if you had first look sensor hooked up under test drive could you not see low vacuum to those effective cylinders if egr was the problem ???

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Unlikely, FLS only shows “change-in-Pressure” (DELTA)

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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i will check on monday but i think i have run this test before . with evidence . so if not A VALVE problem and not a egr problem what does that leave . fuel delverary problem ?? current ramp pump or injector flow test ??

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Jamey Owner/Technician
California
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I don’t think you can get anything useful from an FLS while driving the vehicle. Especially on a 6 cylinder. Idle is difficult, at least for me. Cranking the engine is the most useful pattern, and then you need lots of practice.

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Lewis Technician
California
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a vacuum gauge is far better in this scenario as you want to confirm HIGH vacuum at idle . honda wants to see 21 inches . one of , if not the highest in the industry . it's more than "important" .

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Jamey Owner/Technician
California
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Ok, with the P.S. we can’t be friends any longer.... at least for this 3 game series anyway!

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Geoff Diagnostician
Hawaii
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LOL. These black and white uniforms are stupid. Thanks for snapping our losing streak. ;-)

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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I did this and both AF sensors read around .8 about 12 to 1. No need to worry about those.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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I was hoping you’d post the graphed data for everyone to see. It’s good learning-info that can be applied to any vehicle .👍. fad -different from iATN, “Everyone” is here to grow. Would you be so kind, Robert ?😬

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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Yes I will, sorry Verus battery died. Will do that when I get a chance

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Thank you, Robert. That will be very helpful

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Graph out misfire data and EGR pintoe position to see if they correlate. That will that Will tell you if the misfires occur during EGR operation. If the PCM cuts fuel for anticipated EGR but, the inert gas never arrives, a lean-condition will be present

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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Ok I will, but would that effect bank 1 only. thanks

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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If only bank 1 ports are clogged, sure

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
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What are the fuel trims doing during the event? Do you have any scan data graphs you can post up?

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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I will record some data after I get it back together. Fuel trims are usually 1.05 ST and 1.02 LT

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Luis Technician
California
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Check TSB #09-090, have you inspect the spark plugs? Correct oil weight and level?. If valve adjustment is need it inspect the cams and rocker arms very close with magnified glass if need it

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Jamey Owner/Technician
California
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When I am looking at a misfire on a Honda, I always connect my low amp probe to the coil fuse with a loop. It's real easy and will tell you if your misfire is a primary ignition miss, or if you should be looking at fuel delivery type misfires.

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Chris Manager
Texas
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Were the valves too tight on that bank, especially exhaust? If they were tight for too long there tends to be a ton of carbon buildup on intake and exhaust valves. Also you mentioned noise, we have seen multiple camshaft 'delamination' issues on the J35 motors, especially high mileage or any that have not had regular oil changes. You will be able to see heavy pitting and gouges on the cam lobes…

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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None of the valves were too tight. I will check for delamination, thanks. Fuel trims seem to hover around 1.04st and 1.02Lt. Have you seen the vtec rockers stick either on a bank or individual cylinder? There are no vtec codes. Vtec is not commanded at the time. Thanks

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Humphrey Technician
California
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Plugged egr ports . Check them

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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Ok thanks. I’ll check it out

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Randy Curriculum Developer
North Carolina
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Here's a thought. Watch bank to bank fuel trims during the misfire (closed loop). If one bank is going positive and one going negative the negative one is the bad guy. From there look for clogged cat on that side, cam timing etc. basically anything that would reduce airflow through that bank only.

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Muritala Mechanic
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.........Misfires can be caused by ignition or fuel delivery issues. Fuel trims may help point you in the right direction. What if the engine has an exhaust that incorporates catalytic converters for each bank and one side is restricted? But also verify egr valve operation you can actuate it, and it might have gotten stock close or open....... Check.

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Eric Owner/Technician
Michigan
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Disconnect egr valve and drive. Got to believe egr ports are restricted. If so, pull intake and clean.

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Eric Owner/Technician
Michigan
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If not, simply leave disconnected until issue is resolved. Certainly won’t hurt anything.

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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Disconnected egr can cause a piston failure do to much heat

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Eric Owner/Technician
Michigan
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Short term for testing? Not a chance.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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I don’t think this is likely, Randy. I’m not saying it’s impossible but I’m quite sure if it was bad enough to don”that”, PING would be very evident prior to any sustained damage

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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Not always . I have seen shops disconnect egr for testing and miss fire goes away . And leave it unpluged and tell the customer that it is another problem not to worry in tell smog is do . Egr flow changes cylinder cubic inc . On fords if egr is not working properly you can burn a piston . Butt just my observation . Shops who disconnect stuff to get ride of original com plate is not un common …

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Wow! Good to know, thanks Randy

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Victor Owner/Technician
Florida
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Check the condition of the spark plugs and replace if necessary.

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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I installed a new timing belt, water pump and related components. I checked EGR passages and all were clear. Still has misfire on bank 1. I previously checked both banks for restricted exhaust with back pressure gauge. But I did unplug the EGR and test drive the truck and didn’t appear to misfire anymore. Misfire counters stayed at 0. I wonder if the misfire monitor runs with the EGR unplugged?

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Forget the misfire monitor, how did the trims behave before vs after the EGR was disabled? And did it remain in closed loop? you said you “checked” the passages...do you mean each individual pencil-lead sized hole at each intake runner?

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
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Please don't take this the wrong way, but this is getting to be amusing watching you and others flounder around, running around like a wild man with your hair on fire trying to fix this problem. Many years ago, Snap on, along with other scan tool manufacturers came out with a wonderful feature. This sort of magic feature was the ability to graph scan data. Many years ago, back in the iATN days…

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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I will post when I get a chance

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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I have to agree with Albin. Considering he has been using data like this to derive a diagnostic direction, right from the driver’s seat. What we have been offering to you to give you a direction (without disassembly) will save you lots of frustration , wasted time/money. Robert, please Don’t take Albin wrong. He is doing his best to not only help you to provide a direction with this vehicle …

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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Do you remember snap on scan graphics . For the brick great tool

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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I have To say , “ that was before my time” but the ability to graph changed my career

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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Ha ha ha . I now im showing my age .

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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😆 truly, I meant no offense

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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Ya I now . But thanks for what you do with these new tecks . You to will get old

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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My pleasure 😊👍

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Joel Diagnostician
California
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Any solution yet to share???

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
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Not yet, will post some data though. Thanks

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Robert Technician
Florida
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It does run fine with the egr unplugged. I checked and the egr passages were clear. Back pressure gauge showed almost no pressure at idle and around 1 psi at 2500rpm on both exhaust manifolds.

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Robert Technician
Florida
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Here is a screen shot during a bank 1 misfire and it occurs just after egr is commanded. The spike at the end on both banks is the fuel cut. This Honda fuel cuts hard. As soon as you lift the throttle, it feels like a miss.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Perfect! see how easy that was....always grab the “low-hanging” fruit first. This diagnosis , using scan data (instead of running-around crazy) will take you less than 10 minutes (with practice). NOW YOU HAVE JUSTIFICATION to remove the plenum and go clear those clogged ports on the rear bank 👍

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
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nice capture. See how much time that saved? Oh, and you didn't even have to get your hands dirty either!!

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Beat ya , Albin! (Our minds think alike 😬)

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Robert Technician
Florida
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A screenshot at wot showing both banks rich

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
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It is normal for both banks to be rich at WOT, the system is running in open loop, and in the fuel enrichment mode.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Yep, exactly what you want when you are pulling-out into traffic (especially with Albin approaching fast ,in a log-truck)👍

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Robert Technician
Florida
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Just a shot of the misfire counters. Cylinder 1 is always has fewer than 2 and 3. Bank 2 counts a few misfires but never sets a code.

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James Technician
Georgia
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Robert, not a pic of your particular engine but this shows how the EGR ports can get clogged. I believe on your engine you may also have a small diverter part on the open section behind the throttle body with a couple nuts holding it down.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Yes, this is what I meant. The ports can get clogged individually

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Robert Technician
Florida
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Thanks for the pics. I get the vehicle back on Thursday. I’ll post some pics and hopefully some good data. Thanks for everyones help and advice. I didn’t realize the pcm cuts fuel for EGR flow.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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think about it... EGR fills the cylinder (to basically make the effective-area smaller) when the EGR fills the cylinder, fresh-air (O2) is displaced. if the fuel was delivered as if EGR was not introduced, the cylinder would be very rich. The PCM cuts the fuel to match the cut-O2. This is why pintle-position is necessary does this make sense, Robert?

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Robert Technician
Florida
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Yes makes absolute sense, thanks again.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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You got it, Brother

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
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Bob, since this engine is using a MAF sensor to measure the airflow into the engine, the PCM uses this data to calculate the fuel needed to be injected. When the EGR valve is open, inert flows into the cylinders and displaces air/fuel mixture. Since the EGR is displacing air, the airflow into the engine is lowered. The PCM will only inject fuel, calculated from the input of the MAF sensor. The…

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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Very true . So egr does what to vacuum reading ? High vacuum or low.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Egr drives MAP HIGH

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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So if egr drives it high . Is the vacuum reading low or high . Explain to young tecks

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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With the EGR VALVE opened, the exhaust stream is connnectes To the intake manifold. This creates an internal vacuum-leak. The MAP sensor voltage is “low” during periods of string-vacuum. When the EGR valve opens, this “vacuum-leak” lessens the strength of the manifold-vacuum Ana the MAP signal will begin to rise as a result.

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
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there is no such thing as vacuum. In this world we only work with pressure. Learn what MAP (manifold absolute pressure) is and how it works. 14.6 PSI is atmosphere. anything lower than that is a negative pressure. Anything higher is from a boosted engine.

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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What I mentioned above was regarding speed-density systems, Robert. A lack of EGR dilution will make the cylinders (with restriction) lean. As Albin mentioned, on an MAF-strategy vehicle, a lack of EGR “equally” to the cylinders will cause no change in trim. However, the MAF is input for fueling both banks equally. If only one bank has restricted ports, that bank will indeed be “lean” and fuel…

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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good post

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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So if egr flows to 3 out of 6 cylinders . What would excessive egr flow to three cylinders be . Blow the flame out . But this is just my observation. Over the years

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Depends on severity of dilution. Here is a taster ignition pat displaying dilution on a cyl(s). Can you find the over-diluted ones?

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
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Excessive EGR results in a density misfire. Basically the density of the air fuel mixture in the cylinder is diluted by exhaust gas to the point of either poor combustion or no combustion at all.

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Brandon Technician
Minnesota
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Robert, did you come up with a fix for this vehicle?

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Brandon Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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… I wondered the same, Brandon

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Robert Technician
Florida
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No, I did not. I removed the intake and EGR passages are clear. The misfires go away with the EGR unplugged. It sets a code for bank 2 inefficiency and the egr tube originates from the base of that cat. Could a slightly restricted converter cause this on the opposite bank? I did check with a back pressure gauge on both banks and they were in good. It doesn’t feel restricted.

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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Ok fuel delivery problem . Do fuel pressure drop at each cylinder

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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I would current ramp injectors first

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Randy Diagnostician
California
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What are your nox readings

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Victor Owner/Technician
Florida
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Were leakdown and running compression tests performed on this motor?

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