Ford Econoline Ignition Coil Issues: What To Do

If you’re reading this, you probably suspect ignition coil issues in your Econoline. Issues with this system aren’t uncommon. Here’s how to tell for sure that your issues are ignition coil related and some tips on how to remedy the problem.

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Signs of a Faulty Ignition Coil

This can be a frustrating issue with your Econoline. The good news is, once you pinpoint symptoms to the ignition coil, it’s not that bad of a situation. It’s one of the easiest and least expensive parts to replace. So, let’s talk about symptoms.

One of the more common symptoms of ignition coil failure is when your vehicle cuts off for no reason. This is especially true if it happens after the engine has been running for a while. This happens because the module gets too hot. When the module is cool, the issues are less prevalent.

In other instances, a failing ignition coil will prevent your Econoline from cranking. It may share the same characteristics of a flooded carb — making diagnosis a pain.

You can cut to the chase and test for a failed coil. To do this, let your Econoline run for about 30 minutes. After that, carefully tap the module with a tool similar in weight/size as an open ended wrench. If the engine now dies, it’s a good sign that the coil needs to be replaced.

Another test is to use a voltmeter to check resistance. To check this, you’ll need to know what the output should be. Then check against the actual results.

Replacing the Ignition Coil

This repair is pretty simple. As mentioned, they’re also inexpensive. A new coil will cost you about $50 here. If you have a basic understanding of mechanics, you won’t have a problem.

Tools Needed:

  • Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Torque Wrench
  • Dielectric Gel

The Process:

  • Start by disconnecting the battery
  • Remove the ignition coil
  • Apply a thin layer of dielectric compound on the bottom of the new part
  • Install the new ignition coil
  • Torque into place
  • Reconnect the battery
  • Start your vehicle

Consult your repair manual for exact instructions. Don’t let a faulty ignition coil continue giving your Econoline problems - replace it and move on.