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Old 11-18-2012, 12:40 AM
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You look down the thru the throttle plates, while holding wide open, with a flashlight, not running, of course. To do that, you only need remove the clamp holding the air tube, and move it aside. Oily bottom = gasket change, which I suspect you have awaiting you. I had a #1 and #8 misfire, the sensor detects the associated vibration & references the crank position sensor, to set codes, apparently. when mine went, I could keep the codes away by running , temporarily albeit, by disengaging overdrive.
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^ what he said. Removing the intake should take like 5 minutes if that.
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I had the exact same problem and changed the Tranny which didnt fix it.
Changed plugs and no wires. u really need to change those wires. My truck shuddered on the interstate at 70mph very bad and not as bad in 3rd at 45mph but it was still a shudder none the less. I changed Cap rotor pulgs and wires and it stopped. to find out if it is your wires, wait till dark where it is pitch black when u look under the hood of your truck. Start the truck and look for a arc or a spark traveling outside the wire or where the plug meets the distributor cap. If you see blue then you need to change the wires. I had a fouled plug and man was it filthy when i pulled it out which i attribute to a valve cover leak. When you took your plugs out what did they look like on the sparking side?

Changed the valve cover gaskets and now a slight shudder has came back.

Does anyone know how a plug keeps fouling out. If i ran a missing cylinder for awhile till i fixed it, when i put a new plug in should i have sprayed something in there before replacement?


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Okay, will check gasket in morning and see if I can borrow a tool to get the codes. In the meantime:

-I didn't replace the wires when I did cap/rotor/plugs, was that a mistake?

-I'm due right now for an oil change and the engine is half a quart low - not sure if this is indicative of a leak though since that's been pretty normal for the last couple of years

EDIT: Oh also my repair manual doesn't mention a plenum gasket, does it go by another name?

Thanks for help all!
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From what I understand the original plenum and plenum gaskets on these trucks were poorly designed. It's not a question of if, but when, they will fail.
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From what I understand the original plenum and plenum gaskets on these trucks were poorly designed. It's not a question of if, but when, they will fail.
The gaskets, yes. The pan, well, I've never seen a pan cause a problem. Hughes came up with a great "repair" by offering these kits. Wish I had thought of that.
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