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I have a 2001 jeep Grand cherokee 4.7l v8. There is a multiple cylinder misfire and i cant get it to stay running. the day before this happened it ran just fine. one day later and my jeep shuts off going down the road at 30 mph. i try to start back up and it sounds like a whole bunch of misfires.

I have taken off the valve covers and found 3 feelers or (rocker arms) laying on top of the cylinder head. i placed them all back on properly and put it back together and still same problem, no change at all.

I just swapped out all of the spark plugs, thinking it may be something stupid, but still no change.

I need Help. Got any ideas??
 

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Welcome to the garage.
The fact that the rocker arms fell off is a sign that something is going on. Did the engine overheat lately? For the rocker arms to fall off, or the lash adjusters are bad, or the valve seats have dropped. Could you just put the rocker arms back in place, or did you needed a tool? Low oil pressure or no oil going to the cylinder head could cause the lash adjusters to get without oil and collaps, causing the rocker arms to fall off.
The engine hasn't been overheating at all and the oil pressure has been reading normal. I could put cylinder 2 and 7's rocker arms with just a small pry bar. I'm thinking that the rocker arms are definitely a symptom, not the cause.

Could the cam sensor going bad cause this to happen? Or maybe a vacuum line or ground?
 

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The fact that the oil pressure reads normal doesn´t say that there was (enough) oil pressure at the heads. You say cylinder 2 and 7, so rocker arms fell of on both heads? Did you check the hydraulic lash adjusters if they where feeling spongy or firm? The lash adjusters can go bad, but i wouldn´t expect them to go bad at the same time. I red of horror stories of a valve seat coming of in one cylinder and destroying several other cylinders. So first thing to do is a compression check, to see if there is anything abnormal.
A bad cam sensor could prevent the engine from starting, but yours is running. There must be something mechanical wrong inside the engine.
What would happen if the capacitors were bad? I know the cam sensor is good, I have spark, compression, and fuel. Only cylinders 5,6,7 are working now. I have fuel pressure. I did a compression test and both seemed to be okay.
 

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The rpm was below 500. Cylinder 2 had both rocker arms off. Cylinder 7 had one off. And it runs ridiculously rough because cylinders 1,2,3,4,&6 are misfiring. Cylinders 5,7,8 are working.
 
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