Your internal combustion engine contains a certain number of cylinders which get filled with gasoline. When the gasoline burns, it creates power for the drive-train to move the wheels underneath the vehicle. The more cylinders in an engine, the more power it can create.
Most cars have a minimum of four cylinders. If at least two cylinders were to misfire, then it would mean that not enough fuel was ignited inside those cylinders. There must be efficient fuel burning for the engine to function properly and produce enough power for the vehicle to move.
Whenever you have two cylinders that misfire like this, it weakens your acceleration as you step on the gas pedal. In addition, the Check Engine light will flash or illuminate on the dashboard. Sometimes you’ll even experience jerking or hesitation as you step harder on the gas pedal. This would be followed by a strong fuel odor emitting from the exhaust system.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, then you need to run a diagnostic scan on the powertrain to confirm that you have cylinders which misfired. If you receive diagnostic code P0300 on the display screen, then it means you had a misfire. However, this diagnostic code is rather generic because it doesn’t tell you how many cylinders have misfired, or which specific cylinders misfired. You’re left to figure that out on your own.
The chances are that the cylinders themselves are not the problem. There is some other corresponding component which caused those cylinders to misfire. The most common causes of misfires include bad spark plugs, bad fuel injector, low fuel pressure, vacuum leak, bad distributor, bad engine timing, bad crankshaft sensor, bad camshaft sensor, bad fuel, low engine compression, or head gasket leak.
It is important that you resolve this problem immediately. Not only is it dangerous to drive with misfired cylinders, but it could potentially cause damage to your ignition and catalytic converter as well. Due to the seriousness of this problem, it is better handled by a professional mechanic who knows what to look for. There are so many possible causes for P0300 to come up, so you shouldn’t leave it to chance.