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Can a 4-cylinder car run on 2 cylinders?
April 08, 2008 5:48AM
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It looks like you may have to fool some computers, depending on how old your car is. For example, the computer might falsely sense a misfire and add more fuel to those cylinders, or increase fuel to the others to compensate.
I've been trying to think of how to do this myself to make my own hybrid. If so, though, you might be able to tie the sensors from the working cylinders to the computer inputs of the missing ones. That way (and you may have to buffer it off depending on the electronics) they get the same signals so it thinks all is well in the missing gaps.
I feel like you'd have an easier time with a carbureted engine.