Engine Surging or Misfiring – Many System Malfunctions Can Cause This

Engine Surging or Misfiring - Many System Malfunctions Can Cause This
Engine Surging or Misfiring - Many System Malfunctions Can Cause This

Engine surging or misfiring up and down while you’re driving.

Uneven engine revs and misfiring can affect drivability, but can also cause error codes to appear in your OBD-II system.

These codes can cause you to fail your local vehicle inspection, or at the very least can result in that very annoying Check Engine Light coming on.

Performing maintenance tasks like replacing worn spark plugs, inspecting plug wires, or even replacing an old, partially clogged fuel filter can make a huge difference in how well your engine is running.

A surging or misfiring engine will cause the engine to momentarily lose rpms, and then regain its normal engine speed.

The surging or misfire will usually re-appear, either under specific operating conditions, or randomly. A misfire may occur when your engine is idling, causing a rough or uneven idle. So, Having an engine that performs well can save you a bundle of money.

Consequently, Even one hour of diagnostic time at your local repair shop can put a large hole in your wallet. The list of possible causes below should give you a better idea of what’s causing your engine surging or misfire.

So, If you see a symptom that looks familiar, read on to find out what a possible fix can be.

  • P0300       Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected
  • P0301       Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected
  • P0302       Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected
  • P0303       Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected
  • P0304       Cylinder 4 Misfire Detected
  • P0305       Cylinder 5 Misfire Detected
  • P0306       Cylinder 6 Misfire Detected
  • P0307       Cylinder 7 Misfire Detected
  • P0308       Cylinder 8 Misfire Detected
  • P0309       Cylinder 9 Misfire Detected
  • P0310       Cylinder 10 Misfire Detected
  • P0311       Cylinder 11 Misfire Detected
  • P0312       Cylinder 12 Misfire Detected

In addition, Here are Some of the Possible Engine Symptoms and Causes,


  • While you are moving the engine is surging or misfiring. But, The engine seems to start fine and will normally accelerate fine. While driving at a steady speed, the engine seems to “speed up” slightly or it seems to miss and buck.

As a result, Any of these could be possible causes of surging or misfiring:

So, If you have a carburetor, the choke may not be set properly.

  • Check the choke plate and make sure it is opening completely.

The engine may be running too hot.

The fuel pressure regulator may be operating at low pressure.

Your ignition timing may be set incorrectly.

  • Check and adjust ignition timing.

Ignition system problem causing a weak spark.

  • In addition, If your engine has a distributor, check and replace distributor cap, rotor, ignition wires and spark plugs. You should also have the coil packs checked. Also, There may be a fault in the computerized engine control system. Check engine control systems with a scan tool. Furthermore, Test circuits and repair or replace components as required.

The fuel filter may be partially clogged.

  • This is a easy and cheap fix. Replace the fuel filter.

Torque converter (automatic transmission only) may not be locking at the right time, or it may be slipping.

  • Check lock up circuit or replace torque converter.

There may be a vacuum leak.

  • Check for vacuum leaks. This must include intake manifold. Check and replace vacuum lines as required.

Possible or internal engine problems.

The EGR valve could be stuck open.

You may have loose or worn drive axles.

  • Check and replace CV/universal joints as required.

The fuel injectors may be dirty.

Engine Surging or Misfiring-Conclusion

Also, Some symptoms may vary from vehicle to vehicle due to varying device designs, but generally these symptoms apply. So, Engine Surging or Misfiring could be just the start of your problems. Finally, Having an engine that performs well will save you money.

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