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Unread 07-25-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Signs of a Bad Coil?

Is it true that the coil will either work or it wont?

what kinda symptoms does a bad coil have other than the jeep wont start?

I have a 98 4.0 with 110k

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Unread 07-25-2007, 11:31 AM   #2
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When mine was on its way out it was much more sensitive to moisture.

Are you having a no spark symptom?
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Unread 07-25-2007, 11:35 AM   #3
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that's right. There usually isn't much in between. Try putting a screwdriver in one of your wires and lay the shaft near a piece of metal and have a friend try to crank it to see if you have a spark (don't touch the screwdriver unless your into that type of thing...)
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Unread 07-25-2007, 11:40 AM   #4
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A bad coil can show symptoms like loss of power after the engine/coil gets hot, high humidity, high RPMs,...
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Unread 07-25-2007, 11:42 AM   #5
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When mine was on its way out it was much more sensitive to moisture.

Are you having a no spark symptom?

on cold starts the starter will crank longer before the Jeep fires. I was thinking its coil related since it looks like the coil is original

BTW --was the coil rivited or bolted to the coil bracket from the factory?
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Unread 07-25-2007, 11:45 AM   #6
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on cold starts the starter will crank longer before the Jeep fires. I was thinking its coil related since it looks like the coil is original

BTW --was the coil rivited or bolted to the coil bracket from the factory?
Does the engine start OK after the initial start-up when it has been shut down for just a short time?
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Does the engine start OK after the initial start-up when it has been shut down for just a short time?
it starts better after its been running but not 100%
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on cold starts the starter will crank longer before the Jeep fires. I was thinking its coil related since it looks like the coil is original

BTW --was the coil rivited or bolted to the coil bracket from the factory?
Bolted.

IIRC, you have to unbolt the bracket first and then you can unbolt the coil.

Long crank times at cold starts is more often caused by a faulty anti-drainback valve. Its a pretty common problem with TJs.
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