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P0300 Fault Code

You can find information about the P0300 fault code on this page.

It is one of the most popular fault codes that people search for on this website (in the top 50).

We have given it a seriousness of 9/10 with 1 being the least serious and 10 being the worst.

P0300 Short Description

"Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected"

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Description Icon Long Description

The error code P0300 will be logged as a result of a random cylinder misfire being detected. This means that multiple cylinders are misfiring in a random manner.

This code will display typically only if there is a random misfire that cannot be determined easily by the powertrain control module (PCM).

If it can be determined, the code defaults to P030X, where X is the misfired cylinder number. For example, if cylinder 2 is consistently misfiring code P0302 will display.

Most engines typically have either 4, 6, or 8 cylinders. This can mean these codes can run up to P0308. Certain cars have performance engines like V12s. In these cases, the codes go up to P0312.

BMW, Ford, Mazda, and Volkswagen are some of the most common brands to suffer from these issues. Honda can also have this code, typically as a result of improper valve timing.

Warnings Icon Other Signs of This Problem

There are always telltale signs that there is an issue with the combustion process of an engine. Additionally, there are some extra symptoms that are fairly unique to a misfiring cylinder which you can look out for.

The most obvious sign will be that the Check Engine is on or flashing – followed by the P0300 fault code when plugged into an OBD2 reader.

Other symptoms can be seen at idle or when accelerating as there is a greater load on the misfiring cylinder(s) and the various other engine components.

These can be things like rough idling and jerking when accelerating, as well as reduced power. These symptoms can be compounded and made worse by the number of misfiring cylinders.

Broken Down Icon What Could Be The Problem?

There are several potential causes for misfiring cylinders. Any fault that causes an upset in the air-fuel ratio or disrupts the heat supply to a cylinder required for proper combustion can result in an error like the P030X codes.

However, a random misfire found with a P0300 code has slightly fewer likely causes. The first one to check is the ignition timing. If the valve timing is set improperly, this can cause an error.

There could also be various timing sensors that are faulty. Any sensor that is relative to the mechanical components in the engine, as well as the fuel and air systems can cause this error. These can be the crankshaft and camshaft sensors.

A faulty powertrain control module (PCM) or mass airflow (MAF) sensor can also cause random misfiring.

Misfires can also occur from clogged-up passages in the intake manifold. With sufficient blockage, intake air can be disrupted when flowing through the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve.

Fixed Icon Fixes

(You can find a visual explanation of the P0300 fault code along with 2 methods to fix it yourself in this YouTube video)

Because there are multiple potential causes for random misfires, there will typically be additional fault codes being logged. Always address additional codes before P0300 before attempting to resolve it. These can often be codes like P0171, P0101, and P0401.

With luck, fixing these codes will result in the P0300 code being resolved.

Additionally, one of the easiest fixes for multiple misfires is to replace all the spark plugs in a petrol engine.

Another simple fix is to check for and remove excess carbon buildup anywhere in the air systems.

Fuel pressure should also be checked to determine if it is supplying adequate amounts. Conversely, check for vacuum leaks.

Danger Icon Seriousness

This is a fairly serious error code. It can be considered a 9/10 in severity. While it may not bare a risk to the driver and passengers, driving with this code can result in significant damage to some of the most expensive components in your vehicle like the catalytic converter.

Driving should be stopped immediately to prevent such damage from occurring.

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