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Old 12-26-2009, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a owner of a 2001 Ford Taurus SES with 174,000 miles on it. I am currently trying to pass inspection but I was misfiring on cylinders 4, 5, and 6. So I took a closer look at the ignition coil and it read from left to right 5, 6, 4 oops I had the wires in the wrong location and need help figuring out which wire goes where? I have a long, medium, and short.......... Cylinders 1, 2, 3 are firing fine. Just need to figure out 4 5 6. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cylinder Numbering
Firewall
1 - 2 - 3
4 - 5 - 6
Radiator

Coil Pack Numbering (Vulcan/Duratec)
Firewall
4 - 6 - 5
3 - 2 - 1
Radiator
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help. I fixed that problem but now the check engine light is flashing like 50 times. Dunno what the problem is now?
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Flashing = misfire. Are you sure you have things connected correctly? Wrong connection will mess up at least 2 cylinders.
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think the coil pack orientation given above was a little confusing. It looks like the orientation for the OHC engine. Your information shows you have the OHV Vulcan engine. The coil pack on the Vulcan is oriented as follows (if you're standing in front of the car where the radiator is looking at it):

5 - 1 (firewall end)
6 - 2
4 - 3 (nearest front of car end)

The cylinder number ordering (above) was correct for either OHV or OHC engine (again, you're standing in front of the car where the radiator is looking at it).

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Old 12-26-2009, 11:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I got that info from the Topic Finder...once I read your post Colt Hero, I looked at the engines in the encyclopedia...it looks like the coil pack got moved on 2001 and up Vulcans...the orientation I posted from the topic finder is probably good for 2001 and up...yours is correct for the OP
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I am a owner of a 2001 Ford Taurus SES with 174,000 miles on it. I am currently trying to pass inspection but I was misfiring on cylinders 4, 5, and 6. So I took a closer look at the ignition coil and it read from left to right 5, 6, 4 oops I had the wires in the wrong location and need help figuring out which wire goes where? I have a long, medium, and short.......... Cylinders 1, 2, 3 are firing fine. Just need to figure out 4 5 6. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
This post is likely redundant to you by now, but in the interests of helping others out in the future, I offer some advice.
I made the mistake of just pulling off the front leads without making note of where they go and had to go trial and error with those, but just kept switching them out with the different combinations and finally hit on the right one.
The back ones I made a diagram of the positions and then fit the new leads together as they looked compared to the old ones. These then went in easy and worked like a charm.
Next time, I will also take my time and make a diagram of the front row as well.
The clips are really easy - look for the small 1/16th inch gap at the end of the clip and put a small screwdriver in it and twist - should pop straight out.
I purchased the premium Bosch leads and ignition coil from Auto Parts Warehouse online for 32 bucks and 54 bucks respectively - quite a bargain as the leads are up to 97 bucks instore - and the coil 62 bucks. Because I spent more than 50 bucks they shipped them free and they arrived inside a week.
About 6 months ago I put new plugs in the old girl and cleaned various engine components including throttle body and idle control valve and she was still idling roughly and breaking down under full throttle although was greatly improved.
With the new leads and coil on, I can now floor it and there is no hesitation whatsoever through three gear changes and no more rough idle.
The old girl went hard and what a delight to experience after a few years of nursing it around! Well worth the money and effort.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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To clarify info in the "Ez topic finder" thread:
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Bank and Cylinder Numbering
Firewall - Bank 1
1 - 2 - 3
4 - 5 - 6
Radiator - Bank 2

Coil Pack Numbering (Duratec/Vulcan)
Firewall
4 - 6 - 5
3 - 2 - 1
Radiator

Coil Pack Numbering (Vulcan Alternative)
Firewall
5 - 1
6 - 2
4 - 3
Radiator
My 2001 Taurus with the Vulcan V6 3.0 OHV has a horizontally-oriented coil pack that looks like this:

Firewall
1 - 2 - 3
5 - 6 - 4
Radiator

It's the same as what's listed as "Vulcan Alternative" but, instead of being vertically-oriented, it's horizontal.
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I have a 2005 Vulcan and the engine is horizontal..

On the front coil pack it's written with a sharpie:

Firewall
1 2 3
4 5 6
Radiator


Is this correct?

And which cylinders should they go to respectively?

I just want to make sure everything is alright...

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Old 09-07-2014, 12:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You probably destroyed your catalytic converter in the process btw.
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