Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Postby mdconvert [OP] » September 25th 2015, 1:03am

Van was missing intermittently on a trip so I decided to replace the plugs, plug wires, dist. cap, rotor, and coil. Van has 155,000 miles on it and the plug wires and coil are original.

Replacing the coil appears to be real difficult to find and remove whatever it is that holds it down. Are there any tips for doing this?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Postby chevymaher » September 25th 2015, 1:11am

Here is a video. Now when you remove the old coil make sure to sand the new coil where it touches the bracket to hold it. Clean the brackets clean also. Clean the place it bolts down also. It will spark stronger if it has direct contact. The electrons for the spark come from the engine block. Better contact there is, the more spark there will be when the field collapses.

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Re: Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Postby mdconvert [OP] » September 25th 2015, 2:20am

Thanks Chevymaher.

My biggest problem so far is to find how to get to the (2) 10mm bolts or nuts. On a 1999 it is placed and orientated so it is difficult to get to both of them. If I'm seeing it right, the one side of the coil bracket appears to be under another bracket used for the accelerator and cruise control cables, but I can't guarantee that I'm seeing it correctly.

Thanks again.

Found what I was looking for in a post from 2009
https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=2115

Previous to this I did a search but didn't see this.

Thanks.
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Re: Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Postby timothy47130 » September 25th 2015, 8:23pm

Its not quiet as bad as you think.It took me about as long to replace the coil as it did to remove the cup holder and glove box assembly and reinstall it.That is not counting the time to drill out or grind the rivets off the old coil bracket and reinstall the bracket on the new coil.you might also want to replace the ignition module with an OEM module while your in there since everything else ignition related has been replace all ready.Oh and a 1/4" drive ratchet and extension makes the job a lot easier than a 3/8 drive.

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Re: Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Postby Leeann_93 » September 25th 2015, 10:25pm

Pics on this page of my '00 thread:
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It's not actually that hard.
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Re: Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Postby mdconvert [OP] » September 28th 2015, 12:59pm

I must be getting old then, because I thought it really sucked. I didn't have a 10mm 1/4" deep socket, which would've made the job easier; used a 3/8" instead. I didn't replace the module and now wish I had, oh well. Thanks for the tips from everyone.
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Re: Any Ignition coil removal and install tricks on 1999?

Postby Lumpy » September 28th 2015, 5:04pm

mdconvert wrote:
... I didn't have a 10mm 1/4" deep socket, which would've made the job easier...



There are so many 10mm bolt heads and nuts in my van that I buy any and every 10mm socket/wrench/spanner/tool I can find. I have dozens of them.


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