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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5127855 06/07/19 11:30 AM
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I've changed the coil pack on my daughters 2012 Cruze 1.4 twice now. According to my friend that works at a chevy parts counter, he keeps extra in stock.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5127857 06/07/19 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by ZZman
Of all the vehicles I have owned I have never had to buy or change one. Am I lucky or are some vehicles just prone to having them fail?


Lots and lots of them over the years. Saab cassette box is notorious as is some VW, Ford COP and many others.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5127864 06/07/19 11:55 AM
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I've been lucky. Ive never had a coil go bad since 1980 ( in 76 Buick regal 350). I do under gap my plugs by about .005.

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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5127865 06/07/19 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by ZZman
Of all the vehicles I have owned I have never had to buy or change one. Am I lucky or are some vehicles just prone to having them fail?

Changed all 6 last year. These two were the worst, everything was fine until I took a drive in the rain.
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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5127881 06/07/19 12:22 PM
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I've never had to replace one.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5127904 06/07/19 12:53 PM
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Had to change the one's on my 2002 Ford Escape 3.0L . They made it to about 50,000 miles and started dying.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5127986 06/07/19 02:28 PM
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Had one blow on my prius that had the proper Denso Iridium plugs with ~5k miles on them. Shut the car down! I had about half a mile of electric-only travel before I coasted to the shoulder.

Darn car didn't even try to run on 3 cylinders for more than a couple seconds.

I carry spares now. LOL

Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5128000 06/07/19 02:41 PM
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Maintained several vehicles from the 60's to present. Never changed a coil until about 2 months ago on my son's Cadillac CTs. Coil on plug.

Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5128028 06/07/19 03:07 PM
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Replaced 1 coil (not really a coil pack) on my Integra at around 190k, so far so good at 265k. Replaced the whole distributor on my Corolla at 240k, so far so good at 270k.

My other cars didn't need coil pack or individual coil over plug change yet at less than 150k.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5128039 06/07/19 03:29 PM
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Had two drop out separated by a year on a Ford 5.4 liter pickup.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5128046 06/07/19 03:37 PM
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had to replace the pair on my Y2k Sonata. one of them was going bad..would buck intermittently.. found a hyundai board, it was a common issue, and their descriptions fit my symptoms exactly.

went to local autozone, they only had one coil in stock, the other AZ across town had another in stock. bought it, changed it in the parking lot, drove across town to the other store, bought the other one changed it in their parking lot.

car ran smooth as silk.
This was on a 2.4l 4ycl. it was COP, but only 2 packs, waste spark system. this was back in...2007? car had around 70-80k mi. the down side was that the coils cost $70/ea.(now $83)

and the "duralast" coils I bought, looked dang near identical to the OE ones i took off. even made in Korea.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: GMBoy] #5128074 06/07/19 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by GMBoy
In the old days of carbs it was common for the coils to last maybe 50-60k miles before needing to replace it. Those were just cheap cylinder oil filled styles...
I never had one of those fail internally. However, I did have to replace the one on my Mazda at over 500k, because its insulation around the high-voltage terminal was damaged by arcing after the original attached cable (to the distributor) lost continuity at the coil end. That replacement could've been avoided if I'd noticed the faulty cable earlier.


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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5128078 06/07/19 04:38 PM
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An oft overlooked part of the coil over packs is adding a nice coating of dielectric grease into them upon install. Without that stuff the boot can get contaminated and wet and start arcing across the boot instead of the electrode. Forget those little squeeze packs at AZ ...get a big tube and apply liberally.

Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: eljefino] #5128081 06/07/19 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
Had one blow on my prius that had the proper Denso Iridium plugs with ~5k miles on them. Shut the car down! I had about half a mile of electric-only travel before I coasted to the shoulder.

Darn car didn't even try to run on 3 cylinders for more than a couple seconds. ...
Hmm ... Leaving you stranded in the boondocks? Any difficulty locating the problem coil?

Mine has had no problems of that sort, so far.


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1981 Mazda GLC (323) retired at 606K
1972 Subaru DL retired at 190K
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Re: Ever bought/changed a coil pack? [Re: ZZman] #5128082 06/07/19 04:44 PM
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I replaced all six TWICE on the 1999 Infiniti I30 that my dad gave my daughter. The engine is the same 3.0L V6 found on similar vintage Maximas. I wish I had done more research before going with aftermarket coils because they still tripped the CEL. I ended up finding a set of six Nissan OEM coils on eBay for $260 and the issue was resolved.

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