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2011 GMC Terrain - Codes

Hello,

I have a 2011 GMC Terrain with ~143,000 miles. During a recent long trip from MA to TX, I got a check engine light with the misfire code P0300 (along with some ABS codes). Took it to the shop in TX, changed the spark plugs and some cylinder coils, and then got the exact same codes on the way back to MA. Both of these codes came on about 1000 miles into the trip, and when on cruise control going uphill. I have not been able to recreate it during normal driving.

Any idea what could be causing it? The first mechanic who changed the spark plugs/coils was adamant that was the problem because my regular shop was doing it wrong. When I got the same codes, he said I should’ve let him take apart the engine and then he would’ve found it. Is this true? My regular shop said to just wait until I get the codes again because they’ve been cleared and they can’t recreate it, and an engine tear down isn’t worth it.

Thanks!
Vanessa

First thing , make sure the battery voltage is always in the 13.0-15.5 volt range when the engine is running. A single alternator diode fault could cause this symptom and it would tend to show up more when the engine compartment is hot and the engine rpms are high, as that’s when the ignition system needs more juice and the alternator (with a faulty diode) isn’t able to deliver. Low battery voltage could cause the ABS codes too.

Beyond that, ask your shop to check for all the normal misfire causes

  • incorrect fuel rail pressure
  • plugged cat
  • low cylinder compression
  • cooling system problems, including incontinent head gasket
  • clogged engine air filter