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Engine Light Came On - Ignition Coil & Spark Plug Problem


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Just got my 996 2003 Carerra4 back from the PowerTech in Rockaway, NJ. My engine light came on Thursday, and I could feel the engine mis-firing slightly in low gears, though otherwise performance was normal. Posting this in case anyone else gets the same symptoms and panics the way I did when the engine light comes on (apparently solid light I had is better than flashing/blinking engine light). Anyway, with all the (often justified) hysteria on the 996 engines, I thought I'd post the details so that anyone else searching can maybe find some useful information.

In this instance, I got off lightly, turns out it was the ignition coil and mis-firing in cylinder 6. Spark plugs showed oil discharge from cylinder 6, but once all was replaced purring like a lion again. I only dropped the car off yesterday, and I got it back this morning (my choice not to collect it yesterday evening as I didn't want to hit the Friday night traffic on Route 80 that would be taking advantage of the good weather to head out to the Poconos or wherever) .

All in all, pleased that it wasn't something major. :thumbup:

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