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.