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P0303 VOLKSWAGEN - Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3 What does this mean?
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Possible causes

  • Faulty spark plug 3
  • Clogged or faulty fuel injector 3
  • Faulty ignition coil 3
  • Fuel injector 3 harness is open or shorted
  • Fuel injector 3 circuit poor electrical connection
  • Ignition coil 3 harness is open or shorted
  • Ignition coil 3 circuit poor electrical connection
  • Insufficient cylinder 3 compression
  • Incorrect fuel pressure
  • Intake air leak
What does this mean?

Tech notes

The P0303 code means that the cylinder 3 is misfiring or is randomly misfiring. Start by checking for intake leaks and if no leaks are found the next step is to replace the spark plugs on cylinder 3. If the problem persists more tests needs to be done to diagnose problem, see "Possible Causes"
What does this mean?

When is the code detected?

Engine Cylinder 3 is Misfiring.

Possible symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Lack/loss of power
  • Hard start
  • Engine hesitation

P0303 VOLKSWAGEN Description

When a misfire occurs, engine speed will fluctuate. If the engine speed fluctuates enough to cause the Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor signal to vary, the Engine Control Module (ECM) can determine that a misfire is occurring.
OBDII Code P0303 Volkswagen - Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected -

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