Signs of a Bad Ignition Coil
- Illuminated Check Engine Light. With most modern vehicles, a faulty ignition coil is enough to turn on the Check Engine Light.
- Misfiring Engine. If an ignition coil is not working properly, your engine will likely misfire.
- Hard Starts.
- Worsening Gas Mileage.
- Diminished Power.
- Sudden Backfires.
How can I tell if my ignition coil has no spark?
If you see no spark, the coil is a good thing to suspect next. You’ll need a digital multimeter to check the resistance levels of your coil. The side terminals of the coil are marked positive (+) and negative (–) and these are where you can measure the resistance of the primary windings.
What to do when your engine has no spark?
Insert a spark plug tester into the plug boot and ground it on a piece of metal on the engine. Finally, Have someone crank the engine and watch for spark. Remove one of the coils from the spark plug. Use an extra spark plug. A spark plug tester. Or even a screwdriver in the end of the coil.
What should the resistance of an ignition coil be?
Switch the meter’s resistance range to the 20K-ohm setting and attach the negative (black) meter lead to the center terminal of the coil. The reading here should be 11.00 or better, with 13.49 being about normal. If your coil reads under 11.00, then chances are pretty good that this is the reason you’re not getting any spark or a very weak one.
Where is the spark in an ignition system?
Electronic ignition pickups are a component found on traditional electronic distributor ignition systems. They are located inside the distributor and function as the trigger for the ignition system to produce spark. The pickup coil monitors the rotation of the distributor and triggers the ignition system.