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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-25-2019, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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I've sent my PCM off to be repaired, so while I wait I'm working so that the problem never reappears.
It all started when cyl #6 had an intermittent misfire and the scan showed the coil driver was bad. I changed the coil and while I was there pulled the front plugs. They were original and gapped between 60 and 80 thou, so I think I found the problem.
Since then I took off the intake manifold and removed the back plugs, all of which had the same very wide gaps. All the plugs have now been replaced with NGK platinum.

All of the coils check good for resistance so should I change them or keep the originals, and if not can anyone recommend a decent replacement brand?. Factory coils are out of the question as this car has already been a money pit, but if anyone can warn me of the brands to keep clear of it would be much appreciated.
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Keep clear of anything not Motorcraft.
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The only brands other than Motorcraft that have been largely reported to be trouble free are Accel & Airtex/Wells/BWD (although opinions differ on the Wells) Motorcraft are less expensive than Accel and the cost differential between Motorcraft and Wells is largely a matter of smart shopping. Motorcraft DG513's can be had online for @ $30, making the purchase of a lesser brand a false economy.

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^ Motorcraft or Borg-Warner (BWD) coils recommended..
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The only brands other than Motorcraft that have been largely reported to be trouble free are Accel & Airtex/Wells/BWD (although opinions differ on the Wells) Motorcraft are less expensive than Accel and the cost differential between Motorcraft and Wells is largely a matter of smart shopping. Motorcraft DG513's can be had online for @ $30, making the purchase of a lesser brand a false economy.
I checked out Amazon for Motorcraft coils and it seems to be pot luck if you get the genuine article or a Chinese knock off for the same price as the real thing.
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$39 currently at rockauto for DG513 Motorcraft
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$39 currently at rockauto for DG513 Motorcraft
Still makes me wonder if they are genuine or even if it matters.
I searched to find out where the Motorcraft coils are made, and all I can find on the package is that the label was printed in the US, no country of manufacture for the contents. A bit more digging and it seems that Denso is the OEM supplier of ignition coils to Ford, and the coils are made in the Denso factory in China!
So it would seem that whatever the brand, no matter how American it may sound, it will in reality be made in China.
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It doesn't matter where they are made but to what specs and quality control the designer requires.
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Where a part is made is immaterial to the spec it is manufactured to.
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Where a part is made is immaterial to the spec it is manufactured to.
Not so.
Craftsman tools were at one time all made in the USA and were of great quality. Then they moved production to China with supposedly the same specs and quality control, but are turning out junk.
You don't think that parts are made in China because of their stellar quality do you? they are made to a price, not a standard.

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