So you’ve determined that your engine has at least one bad ignition coil. Now what? You want to replace the bad ignition coil(s) as soon as you can. Before you can replace the ignition coil(s), you need to order as many replacement coils as you need.
This brings us to the question of whether to get OEM or aftermarket ignition coils. Which type is the better investment? The answer is always, always OEM. Whether you have an Econoline or another model with ignition coil issues, OEM coils are always a great investment.
Ford Builds OEM Ignition Coils With Quality Materials
The ignition coil plays a big role in your engine's operation. It converts the low voltage from the battery into high voltage current. The high voltage current helps the spark plug create a big enough spark to ignite the fuel mixture. That's why it's very important to use ignition coils that are built with quality materials.
An ignition coil may be a small and simple part, but it has a few important components, including:
- Laminated iron core
- Two coils of copper wire
These components work together constantly as long as the engine is on. They're responsible for creating enough voltage for the spark plugs to keep the engine running. Your engine's ability to run well depends on the condition of the ignition coils. That's why quality matters a whole lot when it comes to ignition coils.
Cheap ignition coils don't last long. They can't keep up with the ignition system's rigorous demands. When an ignition coil fails, the engine's performance suffers. Some aftermarket ignition coil manufacturers claim that their parts contain high quality materials. It may be true, or it may not be true. The only way to find out is to actually use the coils yourself. It's a pretty big risk, though. If it turns out that the aftermarket coils aren't high quality, your engine suffers.
In this case, you want to play it safe. That means buying OEM every time. Ford understands the importance of ignition coils. So they take great care to build their ignition coils with high quality materials. In fact, Ford is so confident in the quality of its ignition coils that it offers a great warranty on them. The warranty is good for 24 months with unlimited mileage. You would be hard-pressed to find an aftermarket manufacturer that offers a good warranty, or even a warranty at all.
Many Aftermarket Ignition Coils Come With A Universal Design
Material quality isn't the only important factor to look for in an ignition coil. The design is very important, too. For an ignition coil to work right, it needs to match the spark plug and the ignition system. To be more specific, it needs to:
- Give the spark plugs the correct amount of voltage
- Recharge fast enough to keep a continuous flow of voltage to the spark plugs
Many aftermarket manufacturers use a universal design for their ignition coils. That means these ignition coils aren't made for your engine. If your stock ignition coils produce 40K volts, for example, you need replacement coils that produce that same amount. If you buy aftermarket coils that produce only 20K volts, they won't work in your engine.
It's always better to play it safe with OEM ignition coils made just for your engine.
Ford Builds OEM Ignition Coils To Exact Tolerances
Ford has many variations of OEM ignition coils. Each variation is designed for a certain engine (or certain set of engines). If you buy OEM ignition coils made for your engine, you'll have the peace of mind that these coils will:
- Last a long time
- Provide the correct amount of voltage to your spark plugs
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