Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Ignition Coil

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Removal & Installation



The ignition coil is located in the distributor housing

If ignition coil is malfunctioning, replace distributor assembly.

2.5L Engine

NOTE
The ignition coil is located inside the distributor.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Bolt holding air inlet resonator to intake manifold.
     
    Clamps holding air cleaner cover to air cleaner housing.
     
    PCV make-up air hose from air inlet tube.
     
    Hose clamp at throttle body.
     
    Air inlet tube, resonator and air cleaner cover.
     
    EGR tube.
     
    Spark plug cables from distributor cap.
     

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  5. Loosen distributor cap holddown screws and remove cap
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  7. Mark the rotor position and remove rotor. The mark indicates where to position the rotor when reinstalling the distributor.

    Remove 2 harness connectors from distributor
     
    Remove 2 sets of distributor hold down nuts and washers from studs.
     
    Remove bolt and spark plug cable mounting bracket from top of distributor housing.
     
    Remove bolt and transmission dipstick tube.
     

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  9. Carefully remove distributor from engine.
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To install:

  1. Install rotor on shaft.
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  3. Position distributor in engine. Make certain that O-ring is properly seated on distributor. If O-ring is cracked or nicked replace with a new one.
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  5. Carefully engage distributor drive with slotted end of camshaft. When the distributor is installed properly, the rotor will be in line with previously scribe line on air intake plenum. If engine was cranked while distributor was removed, establish proper relationship between the distributor shaft and Number 1 piston position as follows:
    1. Rotate the crankshaft until number one piston is at top of compression stroke.
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    3. Rotate rotor to number one rotor terminal.
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    5. Lower distributor into opening, engaging distributor drive with drive on camshaft. With distributor fully seated on engine, rotor should be under the number 1 terminal.
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    7. Install distributor holddown washers and torque the nuts to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm)
    8.  
    9. Install spark plug cable bracket.
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    11. Install 2 harness connectors to distributor.
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    13. Install distributor cap.
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    15. Install spark plug cables onto distributor cap. The cap is numbered as well as the cables.
    16.  
    17. Install transmission dipstick tube.
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    19. Install EGR tube to intake manifold and torque the bolts to 95 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
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3.0L Engine

The ignition coil is located inside the distributor and is not separately serviceable. See Distributor.

Testing




CAUTION
The ignition system generates approximately 32,000 volts. Personal injury could result from contact with this system.

Measure primary coil resistance at the 2-pin distributor connector. Resistance should be between 0.6 and 0.8 ohms.

Measure secondary coil resistance between the coil tower and each terminal of the 2-pin distributor connector. Resistance should be 12k to 18k ohms.

2.5L & 3.0L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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Measure primary coil resistance at the 2 pin distributor connector. Resistance should be between 0.6 and 0.8 ohms. Measure secondary coil resistance between the coil tower and each terminal of the 2 pin distributor connector. Resistance should be 12k to 18k ohms.


CAUTION
The ignition system generates approximately 32,000 volts. Personal injury could result from contact with this system.


WARNING
Spark plug wire damage may occur if the spark plug is moved more than 1/4 inch away from the engine ground.


WARNING
Do not leave any one spark plug cable disconnected any longer than necessary during test or possible heat damage to catalytic converter will occur. Total test time must not exceed 1 minute. Use a new spark plug and spark plug cable for the following test.

  1. Insert a new spark plug into the new spark plug boot. Ground the plug to the engine
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  3. Remove distributor cap.
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  5. Plug test spark plug cable onto coil tower.
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  7. Crank engine and look for spark across the electrodes of the spark plug.
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If there is no spark, check for:

  1. Continuity from PCM pin 11 to 6-way connector terminal 1
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  3. Continuity between ground and 6-way connector terminal 2
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  5. Continuity from PCM pin 6 to 2-way connector terminal 2
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  7. Correct resistance in distributor cap
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  9. If all circuits show continuity, replace distributor assembly
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