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Fixed, I Think . . .

But I’ll know for sure tomorrow.

I spend most of the day at work trying to recover the SQL database for our old Tattoo Supply website, using some HD recovery software. I’ve made some headway finding some different parts of it that I’m hoping I can piece back together if I can’t find a full copy.

Normally Wednesday is a stay-at-home dinner for us, but we decided to go somewhere close by, which ended up being Los Ramirez Mexican over in Dickinson, but on our side of the Interstate.

This place really, really good. And really, really cheap.

An amazing combination.

Jan always gets the Pechuga Rellana,

Los Ramirez Pechuga Rellana 4

with a whole chicken breast, a bunch of shrimp, and broccoli, all covered in cheese, along with half an avocado. And how much is this masterpiece?

Only $7.99

We’ve seen similar dishes at other places for $12.99, or more.

For me, I always get the Beef Fajita Taco Salad.

Los Ramirez Beef Fajita Taco Salad 3

I’ve paid over $12 for one smaller than this, and not as good. And how much?

$5.59!

Our total bill, with drinks, was only $18.14.

You can’t beat that.

We got home about 5:30, and after letting the truck engine cool off  for an hour or so, I went out to change out the spark plug and see how that affected my problem.

I removed the new ignition coil that I had installed yesterday and then removed the spark plug. It broke loose pretty easy, but it was hard to unscrew.

Finally getting it out, it looked like this.

Dodge Dakota Spark Plug

Rather than the .040” gap it should be, it was about .070, almost twice. So after checking the gap, and coating the threads with anti-seize, I threaded the new plug in and tightened it down.

I decided to reuse the new coil to see what would happen with the new code I got yesterday. And after it was installed, and before I started it up, I use my Torque phone app to clear the old fault codes.

And when I started it up, it sounded fine. No ‘LUMP, LUMP, LUMP’ rough idle. I let it run for a few minutes, turn it off, and checked the codes.

All of the ignition error codes were gone, and the only two I had left were for the O2 sensors, which is my next job. But not a rush one.

But the real test will be our out and about tomorrow.

I’m still not sure why replacing old coil with the new one gave me a completely new code, and a much more rougher engine, and then worked fine with the new spark plug.

Since it only takes a few minutes, I may temporarily swap the old coil back in this weekend to see what happens.


Thought for the Day: 

“Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.” – Winston Churchill

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2 Responses to Fixed, I Think . . .

  1. Roger Kilgore says:

    Hey Greg

    If all spark plugs are same age need to replace them all. When they wear it takes a lot more voltage to fire them and that is hard on coils

    Roger

    Retired 45 year Master Tech

  2. Rob Nixon says:

    Hey Greg

    I’ve had this problem on a couple of cars. Ended up replacing all the plugs and all coils. Made all the misfire codes go away. Coils weren’t all that expensive on Amazon. One was on a 4 cylinder engine with around 100k miles. Other was around 80k miles. Found out that Honda spark plug change interval is 100k miles. Mine did not make it that far. No more misfires last 25k miles.

    Rob
    50 year shade tree mechanic 😁😁

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