2011 178k Misfire and Low Comp on Cylinder 4

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  1. nyej01

    nyej01 New Member

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    Long time lurker, first time poster. I've dug through all the vidyas and I'm at my hail mary point.

    I've spend some real time over the last 2-3 weeks tearing into this guy. Bought at 50k now at 178k, minimal maintenance:
    * Front Wheel bearings at 120k
    * Brake pads/Rotors at 120k
    * Regular oil changes at every 10k(Full Synthetic)

    Then kaboom... shaking, rattling and knocking on startup at 178k. When I put some gas to it, she stops knocking and misfires stop, but as soon as it's back to idle the knock is back.

    I have done the following:
    * Manifold/Intake cleanout
    * EGR Pipe Cleanout
    * EGR overnight soak/scrubdown (can see through this baby now, she was plugged something ugly)
    * PCV Valve replacement
    * All new plugs
    * All new Coils

    Compression test shows all cylinders +/-10 psi except Cylinder 4. Cylinder 4 is popping 35psi.... which is 150psi below the others.

    With bad compression in one cylinder, what are my next options before I know it's a head gasket?

    Edit: She's not burning oil or coolant. My oil looks clean.
     
    #1 nyej01, Oct 31, 2020
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  2. pjksr02

    pjksr02 Active Member

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    That's a tough one. It sounds like you cleaned everything, but it may have been too late, even though the failure is usually at cylinder 1 (or 2). You could try a head gasket stop-leak product, and hope for the best. Or just give it the gas to avoid knocking. Probably it's not the EGR valve itself.
     
  3. jimontheocean

    jimontheocean Junior Member

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    Wow, with compression like that on number 4, I would pull it into my garage and begin tearing it down to the block.

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    #3 jimontheocean, Nov 1, 2020
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