4 Fixes For the P03 Class Trouble Code (P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0305, P0306)

If you’re getting the P0304 error code in your car it most likely pertains to a cylinder 4 misfire.

According to Total Car Diagnostics, error codes that start with P0 are Generic codes, while codes that begin with P1 are manufacturer-specific.

Below, we list out some common fixes and compile some YouTube videos demonstrating how to diagnose and clear this common diagnostic trouble code.

According to OBD-Codes.com, this diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a generic powertrain code, meaning it pertains to OBD-II equipped vehicles.

Despite the fact that it’s generic, the particular repair techniques can vary greatly based on make/model of the vehicle.

A P0304 code implies that the vehicle’s computer system has discovered that one of the engine’s cylinders isn’t firing correctly. In this instance, it’s cylinder #4.

Common Symptoms

Warning signs can include:

  • the engine might be more difficult to start
  • the engine might stumble/or hesitate
  • other assorted symptoms

Common Causes

This vehicular error code P0304 might suggest that one or more of the following things has happened:

  • Cylinder misfire
  • Faulty coil (pack)
  • Faulty oxygen sensors
  • Faulty spark plug or wire
  • Faulty fuel injector
  • Burned exhaust valve
  • Faulty catalytic converter(s)
  • Low fuel
  • Poor compression
  • Defective computer

Possible Solutions

If there aren’t any symptoms, the best move to make is to totally reset the code and find out if it returns.

Check out some of the solutions below if a code reset doesn’t do the trick.

Solution #1 (YouTube #1)

The realfixesrealfast YouTube channel walks you through a quick p0304 diagnosis and fix for this misfire when it’s located on the front bank of the car engine.

One viewer said that he had installed a new injector, ignition coil, wires and plugs, plenum pan gasket, intake manifold gasket, air filter, rotor and cap- and it still wasn’t clearing the error. In addition, the compression test come back fine.

Solution #2 (YouTube #2)

Another YouTube car owner posted a video featuring his 2015 Chevy Cruze, with 31,000 kilometers that had the check engine light on, returning the P0304 error code.

He says that he was suspecting serious misfire- a cylinder misfire- in the video he walks you through a fix to clear the error.

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Solution #3 How To Fix Cylinder Misfires (P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0305, P0306) (YouTube #3)

In this video, the YouTuber describes how to fix cylinder misfire issues on a Nissan Altima.

But- you might get some solid tips if you have a different make.

One day, while he was driving out of the blue, his Nissan began trembling and the check engine indicator light came on. He said that the automobile would shake the most around 1,500 RPM and at speeds between 30 and 40 miles-per-hour- with the check engine light toggle off and on. He scanned the car using a diagnostic tool and got the familiar P0-class of error code, which suggests a cylinder misfire.

In this video he demonstrates how you can detect and repair this cylinder firing issue.

This number on the error code can be anywhere from 1 to 12, based on the number of cylinders your car has.

In his case, it was the cylinder number 2. Additionally, if you’re receiving the error code, P0300, he says, it indicates you’ve got a random misfire. It may suggest an intermittent random or multiple misfire.

In his Altima, he explains, the cylinders are numbered from left to right. therefore the cylinder number two is the second one from the left.

To access, you remove a bolt, disconnect the wire harness and remove the ignition coil to get rid of the issue. He ended up swapping the ignition coils # 2 and 4.

Then he started the automobile and tested for error codes again this time it showed the error number P0304- so he moved the same coil pack to cylinder number 3 and number 1 and got the same error- error codes first changed to p0303 and after that to p0301.

To him, this plainly demonstrated that the difficulty is brought on by a faulty ignition coil pack.

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On more detailed inspection, he observed that at the base of the ignition coil wire boot, there was clearly a small hole burned through by the spark plug.

And this is what caused a cylinder misfire issue. In his case, to repair the issue, he said he could either switch the whole coil pack or simply buy and replace the wire boots.

Solution #4: Trouble Shooting A Misfire Code (P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0305, P0306, P0307, P0308) (YouTube #4)

The Robert DIY video creator says that his video is intended to provide you step-by-step comprehensive guidelines on clearing these P0 class of error codes, specifically the following codes:

  1. P0300,
  2. P0301,
  3. P0302,
  4. P0303,
  5. P0304,
  6. P0305,
  7. P0306,
  8. P0307,
  9. P0308

He says, what’s happening when you’re getting these errors, your car is likely running rough and shaking, and it’s likely a misfire. If a car has bad mounts, or something like that, generally it won’t be shaking or vibrating when idle. He says, some drivers ride around with those lights on all the time and that’s something you really should not do because if another error occur in the system, you will not learn about it because you have been riding around with another overriding error code.

So, whenever possible, if you’re able to afford it, get your car repaired so that you aren’t driving around with the check engine light that way when things like a misfire occurs. Watch the full video for the full fix!

TroubleCodes Diagnostic Identification

TroubleCodes.Net produced a full range of error code diagnostics for this and other errors- we highlighted several. Check out their site for the full list.

P0XXX Codes  
Error CodesError LocationPossible Cause
P0000 – P0099 (Fuel and air metering and auxiliary emission control)
P0000No fault-
P0001Fuel volume regulator control -circuit openWiring, regulator control solenoid
P0002Fuel volume regulator control -circuit range/performanceWiring, regulator control solenoid
P0003Fuel volume regulator control -circuit lowWiring short to earth, regulator control solenoid
P0004Fuel volume regulator control -circuit highWiring open circuit/short to positive, regulator control solenoid
P0005Fuel shut -off valve -circuit openWiring open circuit, fuel shut -off valve
P0006Fuel shut -off valve -circuit lowWiring short to earth, fuel shut -off valve
P0007Fuel shut -off valve -circuit highWiring short to positive, fuel shut -off valve
P0008Engine position system, bank 1 -engine performanceMechanical fault
P0009Engine position system, bank 2 -engine performanceMechanical fault
P000AA Camshaft Position Slow Response-
P000BB Camshaft Position Slow Response-
P000CA Camshaft Position Slow Response-
P000DB Camshaft Position Slow Response-
P000EFuel Volume Regulator Control Exceeded Learning Limit-
P000FFuel System Over Pressure Relief Valve Activated-
P0010Camshaft position (CMP) actuator, intake/left/front, bank 1 circuit malfunctionWiring, CMP actuator, ECM
P0011Camshaft position (CMP), intake/left/front, bank 1 timing over advanced/system performanceValve timing, engine mechanical fault, CMP actuator
P0012Camshaft position (CMP), intake/left/front, bank 1 timing over -retardedValve timing, engine mechanical fault, CMP actuator
P0013Camshaft position (CMP) actuator, exhaust/right/rear, bank 1 -circuit malfunctionWiring, CMP actuator, ECM
P0014Camshaft position (CMP) actuator, exhaust/right/rear, bank 1 -timing over -advanced/system performanceValve timing, engine mechanical fault, CMP actuator
P0015Camshaft position (CMP) actuator, exhaust/right/rear, bank 1 -timing over -retardedValve timing, engine mechanical fault, CMP actuator
P0016Crankshaft position/camshaft position, bank 1 sensor A -correlationWiring, CKP sensor, CMP sensor, mechanical fault
P0017Crankshaft position/camshaft position, bank 1 sensor B -correlationWiring, CKP sensor, CMP sensor, mechanical fault
P0018Crankshaft position/camshaft position, bank 2 sensor A -correlationWiring, CKP sensor, CMP sensor, mechanical fault
P0019Crankshaft position/camshaft position, bank 2 sensor B -correlationWiring, CKP sensor, CMP sensor, mechanical fault
P001AA Camshaft Profile Control Circuit/Open-
P001BA Camshaft Profile Control Circuit Low-
P001CA Camshaft Profile Control Circuit High-
P001DA Camshaft Profile Control Circuit/Open-
P001EA Camshaft Profile Control Circuit Low-
P001FA Camshaft Profile Control Circuit High-

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