On April 1st 2006 I received a phone call that my beautiful 27 year
old daughter had drowned in Orlando Florida. I raced around getting
ready for the drive to Orlando. At this perfect time our 97 Expedition
started running very bad. I plugged my hand held scanner into the port
and got a P0303 misfire on cylinder 3. To much going on and I had to
leave for Orlando right away. So I asked a friend who the director of
local 501c3 charity if she knew any good mechanics. She referred to a
shop that did work on their vehicles for just the cost of parts. I
doped the 97 Expedition off and left for Florida. This is the first
time in my life I have ever dropped off a vehicle and said fix it
without knowing what it would cost. I told him the story about my
daughter and that I usually did my own work. Thinking that he would
not rip me off.
I returned 3 weeks later and went to pick up the 97 Expedition. The
bill was $540.00, I said what did you have to do? So he told me this.
He had run a diagnostic check to find the problem $60.00. He then
changed the #3 spark plug. That didn’t fix the problem. So he had to
change the # 3 fuel injector $240.00. Then he checked the other fuel
injectors $240.00. They were fine. Total price $540.00. I was just
to depressed to argue the point, I had a choice to just cry and leave
or beat him for taking advantage of me. I was depresses and beat down
and very sad, I left.
I put that all behind me till last week. August 2011. The 97
Expedition started running very bad again. Plugged in the scanned to
find P0303 misfire on cylinder 3. What are the chances of
that. We bought this 97 Expedition with 93,000 miles and it was in
great shape. We live 15 mile from the nearest town so all the miles
are highway miles. The person I bought it from lives around the
corner. All highway miles for as well. Now I must say I never have
changed the spark plugs the whole time we have owned the 97
Expedition. It now has 186,000 miles on it. Yes the all should have
been changed by now,but it has ran just fine.
I needed to make a 150 mile trip the next day. So I popped open the
hood and looked at the right bank to see it was pretty dirty. It
didn’t look like the #3 fuel injector was changed but it has been some
time now. I unplugged each of the fuel injectors cleaned them and
plugged then back in. Then I sprayed some degreaser on the engine and
hosed it off. Then I cleared the codes with my scanner and started the
engine. No check engine light and the engine ran fine. Now whats up
with that? Why would it the problem always be on #3. I don’t know but
I will change all the plugs and maybe all the coils soon. It really
makes me wonder about that $540.00 but he went out of business since.
The thing is he always had plenty of work, all the time. Well I got
ripped off .
Hope this helps someone,
Have A great day,