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Unread 05-25-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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Bad Ignition Coil ??

Question on my 4.2.
What will cause the ignition coil to have a orange spark? Shouldnt the sparsomething else or white? I pulled a couple of plug wires and they have a orange spark also. Could something else cause the weak spark?? The Jeep will run for a second and die.
Any help would be greatly appreciated..

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Unread 05-26-2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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Get the battery and coil checked. Autozone can check both (as long as they have an ohm meter on hand). Might as well get the alternator checked too I suppose.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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Are you using a spark checker? If not you are risking burning up your coil, cap, rotor,ignition wires, or ICM by just pulling the high voltage wires.
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The battery is good. Tested the coil and it read 9.1 with the multimeter set on 20k
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The battery is good. Tested the coil and it read 9.1 with the multimeter set on 20k
What were you looking for in your test?
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Per the Haynes Manual for the 1987-1990 carbureted models the primary resistance should be from 1.13-1.23 ohms. Secondary resistance should be 77-93 kilo-ohms.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 08:40 AM   #7
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The primary tested within range, the secondary was at 91 k ohms ..there was just a small amount of oil inside the plug wire goes if that matters.. thanks
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