HELP: P0301 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Spark Plugs/Good Coil Packs/Good Fuel Injector

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HELP: P0301 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Spark Plugs/Good Coil Packs/Good Fuel Injector

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Hi guys! I was going for a 106 miles trip from New York to Connecticut. I was going 65 to 70 MPH. In my way back, the Vibe was kind of loosing power. I needed to get back home so I kept going. When I got back to New York, the Vibe really lost power to the point that a simple hill would almost make the Vibe to stop moving. The next day, I checked the spark plugs and two of them were shut. I changed the spark plugs but the misfire did not stop. I started switching the coil packs from one cylinder to the other. But the misfire did not change location: P0301 (Cylinder 1). I also switched fuel injectors and I got the same P0301 error. The misfire did not change location. I unplugged the coil pack from the cylinder 1 and the idle did not change. I unplugged the fuel injector from cylinder 1 and the idle did not change neither. The Vibe runs but very now it smokes a lot with a misfire and very low power. I do not know what else to check. Please HELPPP!!
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Fouling indicates oil in combustion chamber, from valve guides, head gasket, or piston rings. Compression or bleed-down test will show problems.

Burned electrode indicates very hot running, possibly running too lean, or improper spark plug.
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x2 what mr. claus said. Do a compression test.
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andrewclaus wrote: Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:14 pm Fouling indicates oil in combustion chamber, from valve guides, head gasket, or piston rings. Compression or bleed-down test will show problems.

Burned electrode indicates very hot running, possibly running too lean, or improper spark plug.
Thank you for your reply.
The worst spark plug shown in the picture was already replaced (Cylinder 3) and that particular piston works perfectly fine. The problem is at cylinder 1.
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Very high cylinder temps will melt the plugs. This can happen because the fuel to air mixture is to lean. Running a cylinder lean can burn/melt the spark plug and damage the piston. As others have told you, check your compression. How even is the compression across all four cylinders? You may also need to do a bore scope into the cylinder as there may be more damage from the melted spark plug missing pieces. Bad fuel, bad fuel injector, low fuel pressure, cracked intake runner, spark timing, etc.. can cause the mixture to go lean. Once physical damage is done, it is to late.
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jolt wrote: Mon Nov 22, 2021 12:00 pm Very high cylinder temps will melt the plugs. This can happen because the fuel to air mixture is to lean. Running a cylinder lean can burn/melt the spark plug and damage the piston. As others have told you, check your compression. How even is the compression across all four cylinders? You may also need to do a bore scope into the cylinder as there may be more damage from the melted spark plug missing pieces. Bad fuel, bad fuel injector, low fuel pressure, cracked intake runner, spark timing, etc.. can cause the mixture to go lean. Once physical damage is done, it is to late.
Thank you for your reply.
Unfortunately for me, I checked the cylinder compression at this particular cylinder and it is at 30 PSI while the rest of them are 150 PSI. So cylinder 1 is dead.

The AWD version uses a AWD engine. I am not sure why. I think that because of the transfer case gap that it needs that the regular engine does not have. Anyways, the engine ranges from $600 - $900 here around NYC plus installation. I was undecided whether to let the Vibe go or fix it but the Vibe has been so good to me for the past 13 years that I started searching deeply for a new engine instead.
I found an engine from a parting out AWD Vibe that was advertised online. The guy asked me for $250 but I needed to get it out myself. So I went with my cousin and we got it out. The engine has 135,000 miles and it is ready for installation. By the way, he let me keep the power steering pump, ac compressor, starter, alternator, engine harness, and the whole intake manifold. I already ordered the water pump, exhaust manifold gasket, intake gasket, serpentine belt, spark plugs, and cylinder head gasket. So my cousin and I will be installing the new engine this Sunday.

Any suggestions for the installation guys??
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Take pictures of the hoses and wiring before you pull it apart. Mark as much as you can too. That way you will have a reference as to how thing should be hooked back up. You may also want to change out the thermostat and hoses while you have it apart and it is easy to get at. Has the fuel pump ever been changed? The fuel pressure regulator is part of the fuel pump assembly so do not change just the pump, if you go that direction.
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Reaccion wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:52 am The guy asked me for $250 but I needed to get it out myself. So I went with my cousin and we got it out. The engine has 135,000 miles and it is ready for installation. By the way, he let me keep the power steering pump, ac compressor, starter, alternator, engine harness, and the whole intake manifold. I already ordered the water pump, exhaust manifold gasket, intake gasket, serpentine belt, spark plugs, and cylinder head gasket. So my cousin and I will be installing the new engine this Sunday.
What better way to spend the Thanksgiving long weekend than ripping into a major car repair. I love it :P Take LOTS of pics and post several up here for us to view. Where is this being done (location please) and will it be indoors or out on a driveway. I admire you're determination in keeping this Vibe on the road.
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tpollauf wrote: Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:57 am
Reaccion wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:52 am The guy asked me for $250 but I needed to get it out myself. So I went with my cousin and we got it out. The engine has 135,000 miles and it is ready for installation. By the way, he let me keep the power steering pump, ac compressor, starter, alternator, engine harness, and the whole intake manifold. I already ordered the water pump, exhaust manifold gasket, intake gasket, serpentine belt, spark plugs, and cylinder head gasket. So my cousin and I will be installing the new engine this Sunday.
What better way to spend the Thanksgiving long weekend than ripping into a major car repair. I love it :P Take LOTS of pics and post several up here for us to view. Where is this being done (location please) and will it be indoors or out on a driveway. I admire you're determination in keeping this Vibe on the road.
Yeah, why not try to keep this amazing reliable vehicle alive? This Vibe has been so good to me. Even on 3 pistons, the Vibe brought me back home from Connecticut saved.

This was done on Brooklyn, New York in front my cousin garage outside. Now my Vibe drives Super great again. Here are some pictures. Please enjoy!
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We started like around 7am and we were done at around 9pm. We had a very hard time removing the exhaust manifold as well as power steering pump. But again, the engine runs perfectly now. I love my Vibe even more now! Thank you Junior and Isaias for helping with the job!
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Nice work, and to think NO garage or shelter to protect you or the parts! I can REALLY relate to that ..... 40 years ago :lol: An old pic of me & a buddy swapping out an inline 6 for a small block chevy in my older Camaro. I miss the car BUT really want some of that hair back :lol:

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tpollauf wrote: Sat Dec 25, 2021 10:57 pm Nice work, and to think NO garage or shelter to protect you or the parts! I can REALLY relate to that ..... 40 years ago :lol: An old pic of me & a buddy swapping out an inline 6 for a small block chevy in my older Camaro. I miss the car BUT really want some of that hair back :lol:

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LOL, I am feeling the same about my hair as well. I have been losing it little by little.

Wow, so you must have a vast experience mechanic wise. I admire that. The thing about doing your own mechanic is that you know that you are doing the right thing the right way. SOME mechanics are messy. They would never put as much love as the owner would when performing a job to the vehicle. I also own a 2019 Honda CR-V and I feel more sentimental attached to the Vibe just because of all our mechanical moments together. 😁. I pretty sure that you understand me.
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