Help me save my '98
I have a '98 V6 and a week ago the oil pressure dropped and the engine shuddered, but then all went back to normal. I checked under the hood for a loose/cracked vacuum line but, since the engine was running fine at the time, it was hard to know what to look for.
Anyway, two nights ago it did the same thing except it didn't go back to normal. The engine developed a shudder (not mild), I lost power and the check engine light started blinking (40 times then steady I think). Then I smelled melting plastic.
The next day I checked her out and found black, melted plastic on the exhaust pipe just below the left exhaust manafold and on a near by spark plug cable. The cable appears to be undamaged.
I started the car and found I have no spark on cylinders 3 and 6. Both from the same coil. I then dissconected both spark plug cables and checked for spark to ground, nothing. I replaced the coil, but still have nothing.
I have pulled and inspected the suspect plugs and I checked the voltage to the terminals under the coil. (Reads >10VDC on a DVM)