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Can you drive a car with a misfire?

I started my car this morning and it misfired. I haven’t had any other engine issues until now. Can you still drive a car that misfires?

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Bonnie Stinson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
While you can still drive a car with a misfire, it’s not a good idea. 
A misfire could be a sign of several different engine issues. If you continue to drive without resolving the issue that caused the misfire in the first place, it could potentially cause more extensive damage to your engine over time which can wrack up to some costly engine repairs.
Here are some reasons why your engine might be misfiring:
  • Damaged or worn spark plugs
  • Weakening ignition coil
  • Clogged or leaking fuel injector
  • Worn or damaged timing belt
What happens when your engine misfires: One or more of your engine cylinders aren’t combusting as they should. This results in a loss of power and performance for your engine. If you lose power while driving, it could result in an accident. 
If your vehicle is misfiring, you should have a mechanic inspect it as soon as possible.
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