To determine if poor vehicle ground is causing the cylinder to misfire, perform the following steps:
1. Remove alternator belt.
2. Start the engine.
3. Run the engine through operating range.
4. Listen for engine misfiring.
[a] If the engine is not misfiring, refer to section 3.1.1. Shut down the engine.
[b] If the engine is still misfiring, check for aerated fuel; refer to section 3.2.
Negative Lead Repair
Perform the following steps for negative lead repair:
1. Shut down the engine.
2. Remove negative lead(s) at frame ground stud near battery box.
3. Clean ground stud; refer to OEM guidelines.
4. Clean negative lead(s) terminal lugs with low grit sandpaper.
5. Repair any loose or damaged lead(s), using the splice method or rosin core solder.
6. Install negative lead(s) to frame ground stud; refer to OEM guidelines.
7. Install alternator belt. Tighten belt to:
[a] If installing a new belt, tighten to 170 N·m (125 lb).
[b] If installing a used belt, tighten to 135 N·m (100 lb).
[c] If a belt tension gage is not available, adjust the belt tension so that a firm push with
the thumb, at a point midway between the two pulleys, will depress the belt 12.70 –
19.05 mm (0.500 -0.750 in.).
When installing or adjusting an accessory drive belt, be sure the bolt at the accessory adjusting pivot point is properly tightened, as well as the bolt in the adjusting slot.
Drive belts (Vee and poly-vee) should be replaced every 2,000 hours or 160,000 km (100,000 miles).
8. Verify negative lead repair; refer to section 18.104.22.168.
Verification of Repair for Negative Lead
Perform the following steps to determine if negative lead repair resolved the misfiring cylinder
1. Refer to section3.1 for exhaust caution before preceding. Start engine.
2. Run engine speed up to the occurrence of the misfiring.
3. Listen for misfiring cylinder.
[a] If the engine is not misfiring, no further troubleshooting is required. Shut down the engine.
[b] If the engine is misfiring, check for aerated fuel. Shut down the engine; refer to section 3.2.