Well, I took the 04 Vulcan SE to the ford garage today. And got some bad news.
They told me the compression on cylinder 2 and 5 were pretty much nill. They said the compression on 6, 4, 3, and 1 were all around 150-160 lbs. 5 was at 50 lbs, and 2 was less than that.
They informed me that I would probably have to get a new motor. But I'm not so sure....
The car runs perfectly fine! most of the time. At highway speeds, only on a long pull uphill, it will flash the check engine light at me and start bucking and sputtering. If its anything less than 50 mph, through town, just cruising around and so on, it runs PERFECT. No knocking, no bucking, no stalling at redlights and stop signs, nothing.
I don't get it. Part of me really doesnt believe (or doesnt WANT to believe) that I need a new motor. I'm not sure what could be the problem though.
The codes that showed up before I took it to Ford were p300 (random cylinder misfire) p302 (cylinder 2 misfire) and p305 (cylinder 5 misfire). The plugs and wires were changed. The coil-pack was changed.
If any of you taurus gurus could shed some light on this mystery, I would weep tears of joy.