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Service engoine light starts flashing I keep getting code 301 I've replaced spark plugs and wires. It only happens when idling and usually stops after a minute or so. I can feel the power kick in after I start going again. usually around 20 miles an hour. Any ideas? 96 gl 3.0 ohv motor approx 80,000 miles.
 

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A flashing MIL indicates a misfire. Quick way to kill the cats. Check All Plugs, Wires and the coil, take a close look at number one.
 

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How can I check the coil pack to see if it's good? I pulled the #1 plug wire off and the engine still ran and had lots of spark trying to get back to the wire.
 

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When I had this problem I just replaced plugs and wires, problem solved. Sorry I can't be more helpful. But also as JJ57 stated this is a good way to fry the cats possibly starting a fire according to my manual. Good luck
 

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Swap the number one and two plug wires. If the code changes to P302 then it is a bad wire.

Also check the plug gap, and the plug itself. If it does not, then the coil took a dump.

The longer you drive like this the more damage you will do to the cats.
 
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