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Old 08-13-2007, 11:10 AM
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Ignition Coil failure

How do ignition coils fail? Do they slowly lose their spark as they age?

I've got '78 F250 with a 351M and it seems to be slightly missing. Sometimes the whole engine shakes and trembles with the oscillation and shakes the whole truck.

I've rebuilt the carb (it needed it badly), replaced the plugs and wires. But, I'm not sure about the strength of the spark.

A week ago, the truck died on me. I thought it was the fuel, as it was rather low. But even starter fluid wouldn't catch. We jiggled the ingition coil plug wires and it eventually started up.

I'm about to go on a 1200 mile round trip in this truck, through some harsh terrain, and I'd like for it to be as reliable as possible.

Should I swap out the ignition coil just for good measure, or is that a waste of time?
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:13 AM
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Electrical forum . not 73-79 related

They break down from constant temperature fluxuation like any transformer.

This is electrical tech
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:38 PM
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you sure its the coil? more likely the control module or dist. pickup. both can do the same thing you said yours did. these coils rarely don't work. the spark they produce starts to weaken over the years. but it should still work. the wires on the pickup break often. as the advance moves the wire inside breaks contact. the modules are also known to be bad, most parts stores check them. but they often fail when they get warm and not when they are cold. sometimes its hit or miss where they don't work. wait till it happens again, even if you leave it idling in your yard.
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Old 08-15-2007, 04:28 PM
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Does the coil get hot? I have been fighting with the coil on my bronco for a while, it gets super hot and quits working. After it cools down a little, it will run again only for a few minutes. Depending on your ignition system, you should have a ballast resistor or resistance wire. Check your voltage at the coil while it is running, it should be around 9 volts.
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