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Old 04-18-2012, 01:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 97 Ford Taurus Sedan. 6 cylinder, 3.0 Liter.

So, I just installed a new coil pack, new plugs, and new spark plug wires.

As I replaced my wires I for some reason didn't think it mattered what order they went in. I actually did not think there was a specific order.
Now my car only turns on for like a few secs, stalls out then turns off. But I know I've got my wires on wrong so I am not worried.

Anyway, what is the order they should go in on the coil pack, and on the cylinder. Does anyone have a picture, and if not please explain thoroughly because I've looked at a lot of diagrams and none of them make sense. If you could just tell me what the firing order is for my ford taurus 97 I'd appreciate it.

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P.s before all my installments my car ran very sluggishly and shaked a lot and was in need of a tune-up badly. So, after I fix the wires and the tune-up is complete, will my car run smooth, or will it still shake for a while?
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I have a 97 Ford Taurus Sedan. 6 cylinder, 3.0 Liter.

So, I just installed a new coil pack, new plugs, and new spark plug wires.

As I replaced my wires I for some reason didn't think it mattered what order they went in. I actually did not think there was a specific order.
Now my car only turns on for like a few secs, stalls out then turns off. But I know I've got my wires on wrong so I am not worried.

Anyway, what is the order they should go in on the coil pack, and on the cylinder. Does anyone have a picture, and if not please explain thoroughly because I've looked at a lot of diagrams and none of them make sense. If you could just tell me what the firing order is for my ford taurus 97 I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

P.s before all my installments my car ran very sluggishly and shaked a lot and was in need of a tune-up badly. So, after I fix the wires and the tune-up is complete, will my car run smooth, or will it still shake for a while?
HOLY ****!!!!!! you take out one wire at a time and match the length with the new wires, they all are longer or shorter, and must go back in same spot. get a Clinton or haynes repair manual at the auto parts store it should have pictures for the firing order.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 97 Ford Taurus Sedan. 6 cylinder, 3.0 Liter.

So, I just installed a new coil pack, new plugs, and new spark plug wires.

As I replaced my wires I for some reason didn't think it mattered what order they went in. I actually did not think there was a specific order.
Now my car only turns on for like a few secs, stalls out then turns off. But I know I've got my wires on wrong so I am not worried.

Anyway, what is the order they should go in on the coil pack, and on the cylinder. Does anyone have a picture, and if not please explain thoroughly because I've looked at a lot of diagrams and none of them make sense. If you could just tell me what the firing order is for my ford taurus 97 I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

P.s before all my installments my car ran very sluggishly and shaked a lot and was in need of a tune-up badly. So, after I fix the wires and the tune-up is complete, will my car run smooth, or will it still shake for a while?
I just noticed your picture mechanic girl, that explains the screw up.
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As far as the car running like crap after your "tune up", no, there is no "break in" period for the new parts. Once you get the firing order sorted out, it should run normally unless there is some other problem. If it still runs like crap, I would bet on a vacuum leak (very common) or a dirty / contaminated MAF.
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The coil posts and wires should be labeled with the numbers either way. If it still shakes after fixing the wires, something else is wrong.
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I just noticed your picture mechanic girl, that explains the screw up.
What the hell is that supposed to mean?
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The coil posts and wires should be labeled with the numbers either way. If it still shakes after fixing the wires, something else is wrong.


Thanks, you are the only one who actually answered the question.

Wires are in right order now. Car is still shaking a little so I took it for a diagnosis, I guess I need new sensors, ugh.
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I doubt you need new sensors. As I said, I bet you have a vacuum leak or dirty MAF. MAF can usually be cleaner with MAF spray cleaner. If possible, get hold of a scan tool that will show long term fuel trims for each bank at idle and at, say 50 mph cruise and report back with the numbers.
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Thanks, you are the only one who actually answered the question.

Wires are in right order now. Car is still shaking a little so I took it for a diagnosis, I guess I need new sensors, ugh.

Sorry for the idiotic comments you endured ...My daughter also hears a bunch of crap when she enters the parts stores here in Houston.. She IS an ASE Master Diesel mechanic.. Being blonde 5'9" and cute has let a lot of people run them banana-choppers until they see her work..
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Sorry for the idiotic comments you endured ...My daughter also hears a bunch of crap when she enters the parts stores here in Houston.. She IS an ASE Master Diesel mechanic.. Being blonde 5'9" and cute has let a lot of people run them banana-choppers until they see her work..
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