Driving down the road after replacing my ignition coil, I drastically lost power and had to pull over. When I turn the ignition, it turns the motor but it won't fire up. Do you think it is the spark plugs themselves? I haven't been able to check to see if the ignition coil is getting power still. Hopefully it is. Any suggestions?? Please help, thank you.
if you get your codes read, you may have a little more insight on what actually happened...
for what reasons did you replace your coil/s to begin with. give a little more info about your car. engine info and such...
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09 CW, 2D, Manual w/ Monsters, Gorilla Skin + Legos & Steel Toes
I replaced the ignition coil the other day because it wasn't sending any power to my distributor. When I replaced the coils, it fired right up. It is a 1600cc, 12 volt system. I have replaced the fuel pump and filter because they were old. In the morning, I will make sure that the coil is still getting power. After I broke down I found that the wire that goes from the generator to the ignition coil (unless I traced it wrong, probably not) had come undone from the coil. I am new to these motors and am learning. I'm hoping it might be something as simple as needing new spark plugs and wires. But I'm afraid it is the generator. I will check to make sure that the coil is good and that it's actually getting power. If it is, I will change the plugs and wires and go from there.
Since this is a classic bug it is a very simple vehicle to work on. A quick check by yourself will require a large cresant wrench and a standard tip ( FLAT TIP ) screw driver. Go to the rear and remove the distributor cap and give the points a visual inspection, if nothing looks abnormal rotate the crankshaft pulley with your cresant wrench until your points are all the way open, should be a gap of about .016 " . If the gap is incorrect you can adjust it by using your screw driver. If the gap is correct rotate the crank again until the points are all the way closed. Remove the coil wire from the coil and replace it with one of your plug wires , install a good spark plug into the wire and make sure you have it grounded. Turn the ignition switch on and return to the distributor, use your screw driver to open and close your points, if the system is good you should see the spark on the plug gap. Be carefull not to shock yourself, hahahha Mike McCarthy